This Electric Life

The High-Stakes Math Behind the West’s Greatest River

Hydro-electric power makes up about 83% of the energy that OPALCO delivers to its members on 20 islands in San Juan County. That hydro power comes from the Federal Columbia River Power System: dams like the Bonneville and the Grand Coulee on the Columbia River. Managing the dams and the flow of water and power is a series of complex equations. Check out this article (due to be published in Forbes Magazine on November 7th) for a in-depth look at how our hydro system works.