Hydro Power is currently the world’s largest renewable source of electricity, accounting for some 6% of the worldwide energy supply and about 15% of the world’s electricity. Hydroelectric power plants convert the kinetic energy contained in falling water into electricity. Dams store water for usage throughout the year. The reservoirs behind the dams can serve as recreational lakes, sources of drinking water, and can increase downstream flows for fish and wildlife.
REU's hydroelectric resources are provided through a long term contract with the Federal Government to purchase a significant portion of Redding's energy needs from power generated by the Central Valley Project. Redding also has a small hydro generating plant at the base of Whiskeytown Dam.
As a good steward of the beautiful rivers that run through Redding, REU is actively engaged in the Central Valley Project to enhance and protect the Sacramento River and its restoration oftributaries. When including renewable large hydroelectric power from these resources, REU's resource mix contains over 61% carbon-free energy.