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U.S.-Canada hydropower
7:01 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Canada defends hydropower 'entitlement' from U.S. Northwest

A portion of the electricity generated on the mid-Columbia, like at Wanapum Dam shown here, is shipped to Canada under the terms of the Columbia River Treaty.
Tom Banse

Here's a little-known fact that may affect your power bill.

Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

Americans are pushing for a better deal. But the B.C. government is preparing to defend what is now considered an entitlement.

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