Thursday, October 27, 2011
October 27, 2011: State "Flips the Switch" on the First Hydropower Plant in Nearly Twenty Years. Is it a Smart Clean Energy Choice?
Compared to the dominant energy supply produced nationwide - 49% from coal, 20% from nuclear and another 20% from natural gas - hydropower, at 7%, stands out in the clean energy crowd. In Washington State hydropower is the dominant form of energy, supplying 65% of the state’s needs. So does that mean more hydropower is the solution for improving the state’s clean energy portfolio? Martha Baskin visited a "flip-the-switch" ceremony for the state’s first hydropower plant in nearly twenty years and brings us this report.