The Ritzville Adams County Journal - Eastern Adams County's Only Independent Voice Since 1887

By Don C. Brunell
Business Commentator 

Business Column: Examining the power of reliable power

 

Last updated 10/31/2019 at 12:02pm



Our state’s economy and way of life hinges on low cost and reliable electricity. Since Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were completed in the early 1940s, Washington has enjoyed both.

We are accustomed to flipping a switch and our lights illuminate. Our state’s electricity supply is abundant and our transmission system is dependable.

Washington is heavily reliant on hydroelectric generators----many of which are located in powerhouses on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Only during the severe droughts have our electric utilities resorted to rationing electricity.

That happened 20 years ag...



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