The following articles are for use in newsletters, bill stuffers and other individual utility materials. Each article has a link to a word document you can download and personalize to fit your company's needs.
From its headwaters in British Columbia to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River is a mighty resource. It is the kingpin in our region’s hydro system, managed in part with our Canadian neighbors through the Columbia River Treaty. The Treaty, established in 1964, is an extraordinary model of international cooperation designed to fund construction of and provide 60 years of shared benefits from three Canadian dams and one U.S. project.
Northwest rivers have carved landscapes and nourished wildlife. They have supported commerce and inspired culture. Since the 1930s, our rivers have also formed the Columbia River Basin hydroelectric system, providing affordable, clean and sustainable energy for at least 60 percent of the Northwest’s needs.
The latest figures show that the Northwest is achieving energy savings at a record pace. Based on a survey of utilities and agencies and a lot of number crunching, officials report the region achieved more energy efficiency in 2010 than ever before in a single year. It’s a sign of utilities working hard to meet the demand for energy with programs that promote more efficient use of every kilowatt-hour.