Breaching Dams = Increase in Electric Bills

July 01, 2022

If Governor Brown’s dam removal efforts succeed, families already struggling with high gasoline prices, inflation, and rising housing costs could face another financial blow when their electricity costs dramatically increase. The Federal Columbia River Hydrosystem is the Northwest’s most valuable energy resource. It generates 83% of the power used by Salem Electric members and the reliable output of dams make it possible to increase solar and wind production without sacrificing reliability. Unfortunately, the political will to remove the dams on the lower Snake River is gathering momentum. 

These dams are crucial for keeping the lights on during unusual hot or cold spells that strain the power grid. Please help us protect this very important resource.