Fortnightly Magazine - June 2022

NW Natural Water in New Waters

Unique Conversations

“The water and wastewater utility industry is similar to the gas utility industry. We’ve been successful in core competencies building and operating pressurized pipe, delivering a product underground, and working in a highly-regulated environment.”

Vice President of Big Sky's Commission

Montana PSC

“The western region is 5 to 7 years away from a serious capacity shortfall. The major utility in Montana is predicting a 750-MW shortfall in capacity within 5 or 7 years, unless we come up with additional baseload generation.”

GEF: Sustainable Business Models


“We have to do this grand transition in a period of extreme turbulence. COVID, climate, and conflict contributing to a cost-of-living crisis. We have decentralization, decarbonization, digitalization, diversity in energy, and demand-side disruption.”

GEF: CEO Leadership Dialogue


“We’re seeing an appreciation by our customers to vary their load, from some of the largest industrial customers to mid-size businesses, cold-storage facilities, many others, where they can shift the times of use of their energy. They like the economic benefits.”

GEF: Leading the Change


“Inflation, supply chains disrupted, and the Ukraine being invaded by Russia. We’re living this new normal on disruption, so much so that we have seen countries in Europe and others having underlying energy policies affected that are needed to get to net zero.”

GEF: Fireside Chat


“The EU, UK, Norway, and others surrounding Europe have to consider the whole security of supplies, also based on maybe not shutting down coal or all nuclear yet. We need to speed up power generation from new renewables.”