The electricity in the Northwest is among the cleanest in the nation and we have our region’s rivers to thank.
The Northwest’s hydroelectric dams deliver carbon-free, low-cost power to people all across the region. First constructed as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the dams brought fair access to electricity to the Northwest and paved the way for cooperatives and other not-for-profit utilities. Since then, they have improved the lives of Northwesterners in numerous ways that even FDR could not have imagined.
Today, carbon-free energy and climate-friendly policies have become a top priority in the Northwest, and our hydroelectric dams are essential to meeting these goals. Hydroelectric dams provide over 85% of the Northwest’s clean power—and they are capable of producing even more.