You are overpaying for clean energy that belongs to the U.S.

The United States government estimates that due to the Canadian Entitlement, U.S. electric consumers are overpaying relative to the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty by about $300 million per year.


What is the Columbia River Treaty?

The Columbia River is the fourth largest river in North America. In 1964, the Columbia River Treaty was enacted between the U.S. and Canada for the mutual development of the Columbia River power and flood control systems.

Who is the Columbia Treaty Power Group?

The Columbia River Treaty Power Group is advocating for a fair and equitable outcome of a modernized treaty on behalf of electric rate payers throughout the Northwest.

Why it matters

The Power Group recently held a virtual town hall to discuss how the “Canadian Entitlement” provision within the Columbia River Treaty is impacting resource adequacy and reliability of the grid. View the webinar via the link below.


Recent News

Revisiting the Columbia River Treaty
In 1961, the United States and Canada agreed to jointly develop and operate dams on the Columbia River for flood control and electrical power generation. Their agreement, the Columbia River Treaty, expires in 2024. In this interview, Hydro Leader talks … Continue reading
July 2023 Quarterly Newsletter
We’re Back! Enjoy this edition of the Columbia River Treaty Power Group’s quarterly newsletter. Our goal is to provide the highlights of the key issues and happenings as it relates to the goal of seeing a modernized Columbia River Treaty. … Continue reading
Request to provide input
Reestablishing a more balanced Canadian Entitlement provision within the Columbia River Treaty should be a priority for the United States. In a recent letter to the President, the Power Group outlines our request to provide input before any draft agreement … Continue reading

No Time to Delay

In September 2024 the flood control provisions of the Columbia River Treaty automatically change. At this time Canada will no longer be obligated by the Treaty to provide primary flood control on the Columbia River. A dramatic change which will require the U.S. to pay Canada whenever the U.S. “calls upon” Canada for flood control operations.



Learn more



American Hydropower to Meet Carbon, Clean Energy Goals


Flood Control and the Columbia River Treaty


Coordinated Operations to Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

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