Hydropowering Affordable Electricity
Wind and solar power projects often grab today’s sustainable energy headlines, but for more than 100 years another source of clean, renewable power has helped keep electricity affordable.
Water helps keep the lights on 24/7. Today, seven percent of the country’s electricity depends on hydroelectric power to provide low-cost, reliable electricity for homes, schools and businesses.
Read more about hydroelectricity’s important role in powering our communities »
From the Blog
Keep Electricity Affordable typically focuses on the impact that rules and regulations could have on the cost of electricity to households, businesses and communities. But affordability is not the only issue of concern to consumers, who also want to know that their power supply is going to be reliable. Reliable power keeps life-saving medical equipment operating at hospitals, electronic teaching tools functioning at schools and our food fresh and safe at grocery stores.
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With significantly fewer customers per mile and with diverse and often rugged terrain to cross (agricultural fields, mountains, lakes, canyons etc.), rural areas present numerous extra challenges for connecting homes and businesses to electricity. Couple this reality with poorly conceived government mandates on the energy sector, and getting affordable, reliable power to large swaths of the rural West becomes a nearly insurmountable task.