The Waneta Expansion Project (WAX) on the Pend d'Oreille River south of Trail, British Columbia, is one of the greenest hydropower projects currently in development anywhere in the world.
Here are the top five reasons WAX is winning accolades for its environmental performance.
1. It is a hydropower project
Harnessing the flow of water to produce energy is much greener than most other methods. Once a hydroelectric complex is constructed, it produces no direct waste and emits far fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than energy plants powered by fossil fuels. In fact, the WAX facility will produce no GHGs at all.
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