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Our Emission-Free Heritage

The Columbia and Snake River Generating Systems are the envy of most of our nation and the world. The Snake River system alone provides enough electricity to power Seattle for a year! And it is done without producing any greenhouse gas emissions.

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is responsible for marketing the power the dams produce, operating the transmission system that delivers electricity to electric cooperatives and other utilities around the region, and meeting the goals set by the Public Power Council. BPA has launched a dedicated effort to help citizens learn more about the northwest hydro system and appreciate its value. Visit Hydro Power Flows Here to learn more about the economic benefits, reliability of this power source, facts about hydroelectricity and events in communities around the region celebrating the engineering marvel of renewable hydropower.