BPA Fuel Mix 2019
Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. is dedicated to securing affordable, reliable sources of power to serve your needs. We receive 100% of our electricity from the Bonneville Power Administration, which just reported its 2019 fuel mix. See the chart above. BPA’s nonspecified purchases are the only parts of the fuel mix containing any fossil fuel (coal or natural gas generation). Coos-Curry serves you electricity that is on average more than 85% renewable and more than 95% carbon free.
The vast majority of our power is generated using water as "fuel," which means we have little, or no, carbon footprint. Generating electricity using water is emissions-free, renewable, and reliable. The hydrologic or water cycle recycles the earth's valuable water supply through a process that involves evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. The sun is the energy that powers this remarkable process of renewal. Water from the oceans, rivers, lakes, and even puddles evaporates and warm air currents rising from the earth's surface lift the evaporated water vapor up into the atmosphere. Once these air currents reach the cooler layers of the atmosphere, the water vapor condenses around and clings on to fine particles in the air, forming clouds and eventually falls as precipitation in the form of rain, snow, sleet or hail. The water collected in rivers during this process is used by the hydropower system as "fuel" to produce electricity. The water is always available in the river system, which means it is very reliable because it is easy to turn it on and off when needed. While other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, have a small carbon footprint, they are not as reliable because electricity is not generated when the wind doesn't blow and when the sun doesn't shine.