Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide clean, renewable, climate-friendly electricity for the Northwest. Northwest dams provide nearly 60 percent of the region’s electricity under normal rain and snow conditions. Almost two-thirds of that output comes from federal hydroelectric projects on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, according to information from Northwest River Partners. Because of clean renewable power, the Northwest’s energy “carbon footprint” is half of that of other parts of the country.
Snake River Dams are able to provide even more energy at a moment’s notice. This peak power helps us deal with power emergencies, as hydropower can come on line swiftly, unlike other energy sources. The Lower Snake River Dams play an important role in keeping our power system reliable. These dams produce significantly more energy than others where removal is/was advocated.
Graphs and information courtesy of Northwest River Partners. For more, www.nwriverpartners.org; www.snakeriverdams.com.