Power Sources

Where does your power come from?

Water is powerful. Powerful enough, in fact, to energize most of the northwest.

While many utilities across the country struggle to find a clean, reliable and affordable power supply, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s members in Northwest Montana enjoy the benefits of hydropower generated by the Federal Columbia River Power System through the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

As a member of the Co-op, doesn’t it feel good to know that almost all of your energy comes from a renewable and completely carbon-free resource?

Northwestern Montana Energy Sources
As of December 2021, the Flathead Valley and Libby areas’ electric fuel breakdown is as follows: 80.39% large hydro, 10.66% nuclear, 5.37% unspecified, 1.4% biomass, 0.83% small hydro, 0.74% landfill gas, 0.61% wind, and less than .01% came from solar.

Our Hydropower Advantage

As a result of being served primarily by hydropower, we have one of the least carbon-intensive electric grids, and our members enjoy some of the most affordable electric rates in the country. Learn more about your Co-op’s Hydropower Advantage>

Global Warming Potential (GWP)

The state of Montana doesn’t require us to post our Global Warming Potential (GWP), but we understand that some entities need that information to do business in other states. Because of our carbon-free hydropower resource, that number is fortunately pretty darn good for us! But your actual GWP depends on several factors such as your business location, electric load etc. so please reach out directly if you need to get that information.


Andy Masa
Key Member Advocate
(406) 253-0379 | a.masa@flathead.coop