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​Clean Energy

Clean energy supports the region’s clean air and water

The largest source of clean power in the United States is hydropower. Hydropower is fueled by rain and snow, making it a clean fuel and renewable source.

Hydropower accounts for 90 percent of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest and almost half of all renewables in the U.S.

Because it’s fueled by water, the Northwest’s hydro base does not produce air pollution, avoiding the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of more than 10 million cars on the road. This allows our Northwest community to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating or skiing without worrying about air quality or visibility due to smog.

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How do our carbon emissions compare?

National Hydropower Association: Hydropower is clean & sustainable

National Hydropower Association: Hydropower is renewable and climate friendly

Department of Energy: Benefits of hydropower

Did you know?

Without hydropower, the United States would have to burn an additional 121 million tons of coal, 27 million barrels of oil and 741 billion cubic feet of natural gas combined.