Pacific Northwest Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 16 USCS § 837 (b), [Title 16. Conservation; Chapter 12F. Pacific Northwest Consumer Power Preference; Reciprocal Priority in Other Regions] the term Pacific Northwest means “(1) the region consisting of the States of Oregon and Washington, the State of Montana west of the Continental Divide, and such portions of the States of Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming within the Columbia drainage basin and of the State of Idaho as the Secretary may determine to be within the marketing area of the Federal Columbia River power system, and (2) any contiguous areas, not in excess of seventy-five airline miles from said region, which are a part of the service area of a rural electric cooperative served by the Administrator on the effective date of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act which has a distribution system from which it serves both within and without said region.”