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Snake River dams are an essential clean and low-cost part of Washington’s electrical grid

October 15, 2019

Removing the four Lower Snake River dams would increase the cost of electricity in Washington state.

The Snake River dams provide some of the lowest cost electricity in the Northwestern United States, and removing them  would increase the cost of electricity in Washington state, and could contribute to power shortages in the region in the near future. In addition, as Washington state is trying to transition to carbon dioxide free energy, removing the Snake River Dams would undermine that goal since they provide a greater amount of carbon dioxide free electricity than all the wind and solar energy produced electricity in Washington state combined. 

Myers is environmental director at the Washington Policy Center, a market-oriented think tank in Seattle. @WAPolicyGreen