A productive year for the nuclear power plant near Richland means more money for Mid-Columbia governments.
Energy Northwest paid $4.17 million in taxes to the state of Washington on Wednesday, which is almost 38 percent more than last year.
The counties of Benton, Franklin, Grant, Walla Walla and Yakima will share $810,357. Energy Northwest pays a state "privilege tax" based on the amount of power produced for the privilege of generating, distributing and selling electricity in Washington. The tax is collected not only for the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant, but also for Energy Northwest's hydroelectric, wind and solar projects.