In addition to giving us plenty of ways to cool off in the summer, the rivers in our region are our primary source of clean, reliable, and affordable energy. Hydroelectric dams produce 85% of the electricity we deliver to our customers.
Hydropower is renewable. Rain and snow replenish the supply every year. It's the nation's most abundant source of renewable energy.
Hydropower is reliable. Hydroelectric dams constantly generate electricity. Hydroelectric generators can respond to increased power demands at any time.
Hydropower is clean. Hydropower produces no emissions.
Hydropower is affordable. The "fuel" - water - is free. This keeps operating costs low and protects against fluctuations in fuel prices. The average CRPUD bill is 38% lower than the national average.