Charlie Black has been named the new director of Power Planning at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Black has 30 years’ experience working with or for Northwest utilities in power planning, analysis, and regulation. He starts on June 4, replacing Terry Morlan, who retired in April.
Black’s utility experience includes power-planning positions at Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Power, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and the City Of Riverside, California, Public Utilities. His consulting clients included public and investor-owned utilities in Montana, Nevada, Washington, and Rhode Island, and the Bonneville Power Administration.
Black has a combined bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Washington.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, www.nwcounciil.org, is a compact of the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington and is directed by the Northwest Power Act of 1980, a federal law, to prepare a power plan to assure the Pacific Northwest an adequate, efficient, economical, and reliable power supply. The power plan includes a program to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife of the Columbia River Basin affected by hydropower dams.