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Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
(WRMAA)

Click on the button below to access the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement:

. If you need more information or to request the password, please contact Kevin Sullivan at 971-255-4973.

Background on the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement:
At an Emergency Response Workshop in Reno, Nevada on October 23, 2002, hosted by the California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA), the need for an agreement that transcends the boundaries of California was identified. A task force including representatives from Avista Corporation, Intermountain Gas Company, NorthWestern Energy, NW Natural, Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Sierra Pacific Power/Nevada Power, Southern California Edison Company, Terasen Gas Inc., and The Gas Company was formed, representing WEI member, non-member, electric and gas companies. This group, using the CUEA Mutual Assistance Agreement as a model, developed the WRMAA. The legal, operations, audit, contracts and emergency preparedness departments of several utilities reviewed the agreement, and it was executed by the signing of two parties on November 14, 2003. The agreement is designed as a tool for all gas and electric utilities throughout the Western United States and Canada .

Western Energy Institute Custodianship:
The development of the agreement was facilitated by Western Energy Institute, which will continue to provide support and expertise to all involved parties as the custodian. This is provided as a member benefit. Since the potential value of the agreement increases with participation, non-members are encouraged to become parties. Non-members of WEI are billed an annual administrative fee of $100 to equitably share administrative oversight with WEI membership.

Parties as of October 2013 are:

AltaLink Management Ltd.
Arizona Public Service Company
ATCO Gas
Avista Corporation
BC Hydro
Bonneville Power Administration
California Pacific Electric Company - Liberty Energy
Cascade Natural Gas
Chelan County PUD No. 1
City of Mesa Utilities
Clark Public Utilities
El Paso Electric Company
ENSTAR Natural Gas Co.
Eugene Water and Electric Board
FortisAlberta
FortisBC
HAWAI'I GAS (The Gas Company, LLC)
Hawaiian Electric Company
Idaho Power
Intermountain Gas Company
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Lower Valley Energy
Northern Wasco County People's Utility District
NorthWestern Energy
NV Energy
NW Natural
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
PacifiCorp:
      Pacific Power
      Rocky Mountain Power
Portland General Electric
Public Service Company of New Mexico
Puget Sound Energy
Questar Gas Company
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Salt River Project
Seattle City Light
Snohomish County PUD
Southern California Edison
Southwest Gas Corporation
Tucson Electric Power Company
Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company
UNS Gas Inc

If you need more information or to request the password, please contact Kevin Sullivan at 971-255-4973.

 

Northwest Mutual Assistance Agreement
(NWMAA)

Click on the button below to access the Northwest Mutual Assistance Agreement:

If you need more information or to request the password, please contact Kevin Sullivan at 971-255-4973.

Purpose:
Each signatory to this Agreement is an entity that utilizes, operates or controls natural gas transportation and/or storage facilities in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho). Each entity participating in this agreement has a responsibility or mandate to exercise due diligence in its operations and planning to be able to provide and maintain firm service during emergency condition(s) and to restore normal service to its customers as quickly as possible after such events occur; and all participants have a vested interest in maintaining a secure, reliable regional natural gas system.

There is no membership (i.e., signatory) limitation to this Agreement and membership is voluntary. The emergency responses which members are asked to provide to other members needing assistance are emergency supply and/or emergency service.

In the event of a major emergency in the Pacific Northwest, it is expected that many or all parties who are signatories to this Agreement could be directly involved in providing assistance. With the combined assistance of these parties, it is expected that the impact and duration of an emergency condition to affected regional markets could be minimized.

This Agreement is intended to define the terms and conditions for cooperation and/or assistance between the parties in an emergency if such aid is volunteered. Another objective is to maintain and improve communication linkages between the Members as they pertain to emergency planning and incident response. However, it does not impose any obligation whatsoever on the parties to provide or continue cooperation, aid or assistance.

Parties as of October 2013 are:

Avista Corporation
Bonneville Power Administration
Cascade Natural Gas
Clark Public Utilities
FortisBC
Idaho Power Company
Intermountain Gas Company
NW Natural
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.
PacifiCorp
Portland General Electric
Puget Sound Energy
Ruby Pipeline
Seattle City Light
Spectra Energy
Tacoma Power
TransCanada
Williams NW Pipeline

If you need more information or to request the password, please contact Kevin Sullivan at 971-255-4973.

 
 
     
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