Submitted By judybuttcheeks
Hydropower generation benefits consumers through lower electricity costs. States that get the majority of their electricity from hydropower like Idaho, Washington, and Oregon on average have energy bills that are lower than the rest of the country. Relying only on the power of moving water, hydro prices don’t depend on unpredictable changes in fuel costs.
Hydropower offers the lowest levelized cost of electricity across all major fossil fuel and renewable energy sources, and costs even less than energy efficiency options, according to a recent study from Navigant Consulting and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
-is currently generating power in every region of the country * Accounts for 52% of nations renewable electricity generation * 7% of total electricity generation
-Americas largest source of clean renewable electricity
-power is generated only by the moving bodies of water in the regeneration so the money invested in hydropower stays here in America
CONVENTIONAL BUT STILL IN USE
-non powered dams
-water conveyance (Ratio of the volume of irrigation water delivered by a distribution system to the water introduced into the system)-definedterm.com
-pump storage hydropower (Pumped storage projects store and generate energy by moving water between two reservoirs at different elevations)-google.com
-acts as a grid stabilizer?? * Can help with solar and wind power
-Schneider Linear hydroEngine™ * Has reduced capital and maintenance costs by using low-head hydrocapacity-achieveing leveled-cost-of-energy saving of around 2$ per megawatt hour.
NEWER MEANS OF HYDROPOWER
-“Low-head hydropower facilities convert the potential energy possessed by a body of water because of its height above a reference point (head) into electricity that is…...