Missouri River’s commitment to clean, renewable resources reaches back more than 45 years, when our member utilities began to purchase energy from the federal hydroelectric facilities on the Missouri River. Today, 59 of our 61 members hold hydropower allocations for the energy produced at these hydroelectric plants.
Hydropower – a clean, renewable resource that uses the power of running water to perform work – has been around for more than 2,000 years. Hydroelectric facilities use the power of flowing water as it moves downstream. Turbines and generators convert the energy into electricity, which is then delivered to homes and businesses. Hydropower continues to be a popular renewable resource, and it accounts for 8 percent of total U.S. electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Benefits of Red Rock Hydroelectric Project
- Clean, renewable resource with no emissions
- Provides minimal impact on the environment, including fisheries
- Serves as an additional clean, baseload resource
- Provides a domestic source of energy