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KEY PROVISIONS & BENEFITS

Hydropower

Treaty provisions for hydropower include

  • 15.5 million acre-feet of Canadian storage operated for optimum power generation downstream in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Canada receives 1/2 of the expected increase in downstream power generation in the U.S.
  • Actual operation does not affect power benefits
  • Downstream benefits from Libby remain in the country where they are generated
  • The hydroelectric operating plans provide flexibility for optimum power generation in both countries.
Turbine
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