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Where does the Tri-Cities get their electricity?

wind turbines in a sunset

Have you ever thought about where the Tri-Cities’ electricity comes from?

You would think the power comes from the nuclear power plant or the windmills that surround our area but, in fact, most of the energy that goes in and out of our homes and businesses is actually hydroelectric power from the Grand Coulee Dam.

Below is a graph brought to you by the U.S. Energy Information Administration explaining the percentage of Washington’s Net Electricity Generation.

bar graph showing hydroelectricity generated majority of Washington net electricity in February 2017

Here are some quick facts from the Tri-City Development Council website:

  • The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington’s Columbia River is the largest hydroelectric power producer in the United States, with a total generating capacity of 6,809 megawatts.
  • In 2015, Washington was the leading producer of electricity from hydroelectric sources and accounted for 30% of the nation’s utility-scale net hydroelectricity generation.
  • Although not a crude oil producing state, Washington ranked fifth in the nation in crude oil refining capacity as of January 2016.
  • Washington ranked ninth in the nation in net generation of electricity from wind energy in 2015.
  • In 2015, Washington had the lowest average residential retail electricity prices in the nation and the lowest average combined retail electricity price across all sectors.

Last Updated: November 17, 2016

Now that you know where your energy comes from, let Campbell & Company take care of your electric needs!



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