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Support for Hydropower Remains Strong, Region-Wide

A growing majority say the lower Snake River dams are essential to the Northwest’s energy picture

A new poll from independent public opinion firm DHM Research shows strong and growing support for a balanced approach to protecting both the Northwest’s iconic fish and the federal hydropower system that provides 60 percent of the region’s energy and 90 percent of its renewable energy.

 Seventy seven percent of Northwest residents told pollsters that it is critical for hydropower dams and salmon to coexist, up from 73 percent in 2014.

 “The numbers are clear most Northwest residents recognize that hydropower, and all of our federal dams that produce it, are vital to this region’s energy mix and to our renewable energy future” said Terry Flores, Executive Director of Northwest RiverPartners, an alliance of utilities, ports, farming organizations, and businesses that commissioned the poll.

What’s more, despite a multiyear campaign to remove four federal dams on the lower Snake River, support for these dams is very strong at 70 percent and grew by 10 percent since 2014.

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What is a Grassroots Movement?


A grassroots movement is a community-centered movement focusing on preserving or advancing the values of the community. The need for grassroots movements stems from the inequity between the interests of small, often isolated interest groups and the traditional power structure. More often than not, grassroots movements are associated with political parties and offices at all levels of government.

Our grassroots program - MEC Roots -  is all about preserving the quality of life our members enjoy by virtue of stable electricity prices delivered by a not-for-profit electric cooperative.  

By signing up for MEC Roots, you can take a more active role in your Cooperative. When you sign up, we will send you a quarterly newsletter covering the challenges that face the Cooperative and ultimately, your rates. When we need a little extra support, we will engage our members to contact their representatives to support or oppose an issue that may have a significant impact on the Cooperative. Read more.




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