PNGC Power is a cooperatively owned electric generation and transmission (G & T) business providing wholesale electric services to its 15-member distribution cooperatives. The 15 cooperatives that distribute power from PNGC are engaged in the sale of electricity at retail to their member-consumers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. PNGC Power’s office is in Portland, Oregon.
PNGC’s membership is comprised of 15 distribution utilities, eight of which are located in Oregon, four in Idaho, one in Washington and one in Montana. The general manager of each member cooperative comprises the PNGC Power Board of Directors. They set policy for PNGC Power, as well as wholesale electric rates for the 15 members.
In 1995, a number of cooperatives formed a buying group to take advantage of open access to transmission service and emerging wholesale bulk markets. In 1996, PNGC became the nation's first electric cooperative to receive a power marketing license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This gave PNGC the ability to purchase and resell power at wholesale.
In December 2008, PNGC Power signed a new 20-year contract with BPA. This contract, which began October 1, 2011, secures long-term, cost-based “Block” power from the FBS. It also sets the stage for PNGC to acquire additional resources to meet member cooperatives’ future energy needs in the most efficient manner and at the highest level of wholesale rate stability possible.
PNGC Power operates as a Joint Operating Entity (JOE), aggregating members’ loads and resources and purchasing net requirements from BPA under consolidated contractual agreements. Our new contract with BPA allows us to take full advantage of our JOE status.
Demand for electricity is expected to grow steadily in the Northwest. Some PNGC Power members report current or anticipated growth in their service territories. The low-cost hydropower generating resources that BPA manages will no longer reliably serve the growing member demand for electricity in our region.
PNGC Power is responsible for all aspects of delivering power, acquiring transmission and managing associated contracts. PNGC negotiates and manages the transmission service agreements for member utilities, including scheduling, interacting with BPA on transmission policies, practices and rates, and billing for transmission services. PNGC represents members in BPA rate cases, helps members deal with transmission issues related to their service territory, represents them in billing disputes and manages interconnection issues and wheeling agreements.