The system of dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers produce more than 22,000 megawatts of clean, carbon-free electricity every year. More than 94 percent of the power Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative receives from Bonneville Power Administration is carbon-free, 84.5 percent of which is hydroelectric. The dams were originally built to manage the power of the rivers and aid with flooding and agriculture needs. Today, the structures are a significant source of revenue for the region through the export of commercial cargo. An estimated $20 billion of cargo annually moves down the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Hydro remains a valuable resource that helps keep Oregon and the Pacific Northwest clean, efficient and green.