Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Patrick Oshie to the Northwest Power and
Conservation Council, effective April 1.
is an experienced business and energy attorney from the Yakima area, former
member of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (2001-2013)
and counsel for Western Electricity Coordinating Council. He represented the
Yakima Nation and other clients in the 1990s on fisheries issues.
replaces Tom Karier, who retired from the Council after serving for 20 years.
earned a law degree from University of Washington in 1980 and a Bachelor’s
Degree from Western Washington State College in 1977.
lives in Zillah, Washington.
1980 Northwest Power Act directed the creation of the Council, an interstate
compact agency with two representatives each appointed by the governors of
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Act requires the Council to develop a program to “protect, mitigate, and
enhance fish and wildlife, including related spawning grounds and habitat, on
the Columbia River and its tributaries … affected by the development,
operation, and management of [hydroelectric projects] while assuring the
Pacific Northwest an adequate, efficient, economical, and reliable power
CBB, Jan. 11, 2019, “Two Long-Serving Members Of NW Power/Conservation Council
— Karier, Booth – Retire” https://www.www.www.cbbulletin.com/441988.aspx