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Hydro picHydropower accounts for about half of America’s current renewable energy generation capacity.1
Source:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, January 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1DnFJs4
The industry has contributed to the U.S. power grid for essentially the entire history of modern electricity: the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operation in Wisconsin in 1882.2
Source:
U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
http://1.usa.gov/1FB3V9y


The age of the hydropower industry means that a substantial amount of America’s hydro capacity is already being taken advantage of. But there is still plenty of hydropower yet to be developed: electrifying existing non-powered dams alone could increase U.S. hydropower capacity by 12,000 megawatts.3
Source:
U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, April 2012
http://1.usa.gov/1wlCi4z
Plus, a significant market for distributed hydropower has been nurtured by bipartisan policy support.4
Source:
PBS, February 2015
http://to.pbs.org/1vG4ZJn


The hydropower industry currently supports up to 300,000 jobs.5
Source:
National Hydropower Association, January 2015
http://bit.ly/1x93oXF
And places where it has been deployed extensively – like Washington, Idaho, and Oregon – enjoy some of the cheapest electricity prices in the U.S. as a result.6
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, November 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1CWsT5P


  Aug 06, 2015  |    Sydney Morning Herald, August 2015

  Jun 16, 2015  |    National Hydropower Association
 

  May 20, 2015  |    International Renewable Energy Agency

  Apr 28, 2015  |    U.S. Department of Energy, April 2015
 

  Apr 28, 2015  |    U.S. Department of Energy, April 2015

  Jun 15, 2012  |    Navigant Consulting
 

 

  Jun 14, 2012  |    National Hydropower Association
 

 
 


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