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Published: August 11, 2017

Redacted Version of the January 18, 2017, Review Panel Final Report for South of Allston Reinforcement Project

On August 29, 2016, the Members and the Board of Directors, in separate meetings, authorized ColumbiaGrid to enter into and execute the Independent Review of South of Allston Functional Agreement (“Agreement”). Per the Agreement, ColumbiaGrid facilitated an independent panel review of Bonneville Power Administration’s (“Bonneville”) South of Allston Reinforcement Project.

ColumbiaGrid assembled, coordinated, and facilitated the Independent Panel’s review and report, but was not itself a member of the Panel. The Panel was comprised of a diverse group of five independent experts from within and outside of the Northwest region.

On January 18, 2017, ColumbiaGrid delivered to Bonneville the Review Panel Final Report for South of Allston Reinforcement Project (“Report”). Pursuant to the Agreement, ColumbiaGrid was to post the Report for public access subject to Bonneville’s review of the Report for any confidential information or critical energy infrastructure information.

On August 9, 2017, Bonneville provided to ColumbiaGrid Bonneville’s approved redacted version of the January 18 Report.

“We are very pleased with, and appreciative of, the Panel’s dedication, insights, perspectives and professionalism regarding their review of this very complicated topic,” said Patrick Damiano, ColumbiaGrid’s president and CEO.

Click here to download the agreement

Click here to download the redacted report

Click here to download the May 2017 BPA Administrator letter announcing decision not to build

Disclaimer - The data and analyses contained in the Independent Review Report are not warranted by ColumbiaGrid or any other party, nor does ColumbiaGrid accept delegation of responsibility for compliance with any industry compliance or reliability requirement, including any reliability standard. The opinions and recommendations expressed in the Independent Review Report are those of the Independent Review Panel and do not represent the opinions or recommendations of ColumbiaGrid or any of its members. Any reliance on the opinions or recommendations in this Independent Review Report is done so at the user’s own risk.

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Member: Chelan County PUD      Project: ColumbiaGrid     
Chelan County PUD

"Chelan PUD is a strong supporter of ColumbiaGrid and the work that’s accomplished through the transmission Planning and Expansion Functional Agreement (PEFA). As a result of that process, the mid-C utilities (Chelan, Grant and Douglas PUDs) and Bonneville Power Administration were able to reach an agreement that defined the need for a new transmission line, as well as determine who will construct, own and pay for the facility. Those difficult decisions were made successful through the expert and independent expertise of the ColumbiaGrid staff."
~~ Chad Bowman, Director - Transmission and Compliance