Along Those Lines: Lower Snake River Dams Deal Threatens Reliability in Northwest

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A long-simmering dispute in the Pacific Northwest over the management of the Lower Snake River dams burst onto the headlines late last year with the news of a backroom deal between the Biden administration and the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Bonneville Power Administration and other government agencies that manage the dams.

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The deal, which has now become a formal memorandum of understanding between the parties, was done without the input of key interests, including the irrigation, shipping and power industries, and has raised fears about the possibility of breaching the dams and compromising the availability of reliable, carbon-free electricity at a time when demand in the region is set to skyrocket.

To discuss the history and on-the-ground impact of this major development, we’ll talk with Louis Finkel, NRECA’s senior vice president for Government Relations, and Bryan Case, CEO of Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative in Idaho.

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