OUR MISSION

Lead the charge for the Northwest to realize its clean energy potential using hydroelectricity as the cornerstone.

GOALS FOR THE NORTHWEST

Fight climate change through clean energy and transportation

Restore healthy fish populations in the Northwest’s rivers

Include vulnerable communities in the region’s clean energy future

Maintain an affordable, dependable electric grid

CARBON-FREE, LOW-COST POWER

The Northwest is the leader in clean energy with over 50% of our region’s power being provided by renewables. Hydro accounts for 46% annually, with wind providing 9% and solar contributing around 1% to the mix. Due to climate concerns, our reliance on renewable generation will continue to grow as we move to a carbon-free future.

Luckily for us, our largest renewable, hydropower, is helping us churn out thousands of megawatts and providing wind and solar with firm backup in our quest to go greener.

CARBON-FREE, LOW-COST POWER

The Northwest is the leader in renewable energy with over 50% of our region’s power being provided by renewables. Hydro accounts for 46% annually, with wind providing 9% and solar contributing around 1% to the mix. Due to climate concerns, our reliance on renewable generation will continue to grow as we move to a carbon-free future. Luckily for us, our largest renewable, hydropower, is helping us in our quest to go greener.

QUICK FACTS

Affordable Energy for All
Thanks to hydroelectricity, Northwest communities pay some of the lowest energy bills in the nation.

Investments in Salmon
Billions of dollars have been invested in habitat restoration and dam improvements to support salmon populations across the region.

Reliability for Renewables
Hydroelectric dams help balance the fluctuations of solar and wind, which helps us achieve our clean energy goals.

NORTHWEST HYDRO BY THE NUMBERS

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carbon emissions generated by hydropower production

LATEST NEWS

Simpson’s salmon plan | Politico

But other hydropower advocates have been more muted, giving dam removal advocates hope that Simpson’s proposal could lead to real change. Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, which represents a number of public power utilities that purchase electricity from the Bonneville Power Administration, said his members staunchly oppose removing operational dams, but are willing to discuss Simpson’s proposal since they believe it affirms their importance with a $33.5 billion fund to compensate for the lost benefits.

Still, setting the precedent of removing operational dams makes his group nervous. ‘If those dams — which have great fish passage, are low-cost and provide as much electricity as you would need to power the city of Seattle — if those dams should go out, you could make the same argument for almost any dam in the region or, to some extent, almost any dam in the country,’ he said.”

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