If you’re a resident or visitor to the Northwest, you’re experiencing the benefits of hydropower without even realizing it. The iconic rivers of the region not only support the livelihoods and way of life for millions of people, but are also our primary source of clean, reliable and affordable energy. The next time you turn on the light switch, make a pot of coffee or charge your electric vehicle, know that “Hydropower Flows Here”!
“Hydropower Flows Here” is an education effort by BPA, its regional power customers and other Pacific Northwest utilities that use hydropower to serve their retail consumers. The effort is intended to share information about the various attributes of this renewable, clean, reliable source of electricity that powers nearly 60 percent of Northwest homes and businesses.
Hydropower played an important role in the early development of the region, and it remains the backbone of the Northwest’s clean energy economy. Because of its inherent flexibility, hydropower has helped integrate other newer renewable energy resources into the grid, while ensuring the reliability of the power system through all conditions.