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New Report Shows Snake River Dams Helped
Keep Electricity Flowing During Heatwave

by Staff
KNDO/KNDU, July 22, 2021

Water pours through the Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River east of Pasco. It is one of four lower Snake River dams covered in an environmental review that will look at whether removing the dams is the best option to improve salmon runs. PORTLAND, OREGON -- The Bonneville Power Administration located on the Columbia River east of Portland released a report this week showing the Snake River dams helped alleviate electricity woes during the heatwave in June.

The Snake River Dams are connected to the Bonneville Power Administration grid that covers hydro power to most of Northern and Eastern Oregon and the Columbia River Basin in Washington State including the Tri-Cities. The dams that helped prevent more blackouts included the Ice Harbor Dam and three others. The dams allowed for better flow of water and increase of demand without overwhelming transmission lines and shutting down the whole power grid.

"This is another example of the value these facilities provide the region from a clean energy perspective," said Administrator John Hairston. "As the region continues to discuss the future of these facilities, we believe it is important to provide data and information about their performance as a solid foundation for discussions about the future of these four dynamic dams that provide carbon-free electricity and are important assets to mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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New Report Shows Snake River Dams Helped Keep Electricity Flowing During Heatwave
KNDO/KNDU, July 22, 2021

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