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.”