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Hydro Power


Cushman Powerhouse No. 2. photo by Bruce Ecker

Hydroelectric power is a clean, renewable resource that generates electricity without burning fossil fuels or polluting the air. 

Our hydroelectric projects generate about three billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to serve about half of our customers’ power needs.

In addition, Tacoma Power’s projects support major fish and wildlife programs, and provide excellent parks and recreation.


Our Hydroelectric Projects

Our projects are licensed through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
 

Education & Tours

Tacoma Power has an active energy education program. It helps support the Foundation for Water and Energy Education, a great source for basic information about hydro power.

Free group tours of Tacoma Power’s hydroelectric facilities are available by appointment to school, civic, business and recreational groups during regular working hours. To make arrangements for a tour, call Tacoma Power at (253) 502-8759.

Tours are available at all four of Tacoma's hydro facilities:

Community

Tacoma Power is an active member in the communities where our projects are located.

Tacoma Power maintains a role in the communities through participation in the local chambers of commerce, the White Pass Scenic Byway, the Nisqually River Council, the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board and Forterra.

Our staff members show strong support for their local communities by supporting United Way and assisting many local organizations and schools.