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​Economic Benefits

Hydropower fuels economy with affordable electricity, jobs

 The economic benefits of hydropower in the Northwest are seen in several ways, from the reasonable rates on the electric bills of residents and businesses, to the secondary benefits of job creation, new business development, recreation opportunities and increased agricultural production.

Hydroelectric dams in the Northwest produce more electricity than any other North American river system. Hydroelectric power is a domestic source of energy, allowing each state to produce their own energy without being reliant on international fuel sources.

Because hydropower costs less than most energy sources, states that get the majority of their electricity from hydropower — like Idaho, Washington and Oregon — have lower energy bills than the rest of the country.

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Did you know?

The Northwest hydropower system provides more than 100,000 jobs to the region.