The Columbia and Snake rivers system that converts water power to electricity in the Northwest is the envy of most of our nation and the world. The four federal hydroelectric projects on the Snake River in eastern Washington alone provide enough electricity to power Seattle for a year. And it is done without producing any greenhouse gas emissions.
But the federal hydro system doesn’t just produce the electricity our society needs so much, it also makes other new renewable energy sources able to function and contribute to our region’s clean air and blue skies.
The Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency that markets the power the dams produce and operates the transmission system that delivers that electricity to electric cooperatives and other utilities around the region, has launched a dedicated effort to help citizens learn more about hydro and appreciate its value. It’s called Hydro Power Flows Here and by visiting you can learn about economic benefits, the reliability of this power source, facts about hydroelectricity and events in communities around the region celebrating the engineering marvel of renewable hydropower.