The Columbia River Basin Provides More than 40% of Total U.S. Hydroelectric Generation

July 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Columbia River Basin Hydro Power

Hydroelectric power plants located in the Columbia River Basin account for a little more than one third of all the hydroelectric capacity in the United States. The Columbia River runs from the Canadian Rockies and flows 1,214 miles through Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.[read more]

Northwest states project efficiency measures could meet 85% of new electricity demand through 2030

October 21, 2009 by Joseph Romm

In an ambitious draft proposal, the official planning agency for the four Pacific Northwest states said last week that energy efficiency measures could meet at least 85 percent of new electricity demand over the next 20 years, with renewable generation and a limited amount of gas-fired power plants meeting the rest. As Energy Daily (subs...[read more]

Balancing swings in power from wind farms on the Bonneville Power Administration grid

July 28, 2009 by Michael Giberson

From the Yakima Herald-Republic, “Ebb and flow of wind power stress NW power grid,” a report of the challenges in keeping the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission grid balanced when power output from wind farms varies quickly: In the space of one hour last month, electricity generated at wind farms in the eastern end of the...[read more]