Solar, wind, biomass, and, of course, water are vital elements for an environmentally compatible global energy supply. In view of the need to balance economical needs and ecological awareness, hydropower stands out in terms of profitability, sustainability, and availability. Small hydropower plants in particular have proven to be a functional and intelligent source of energy.
Distributed power generation from hydro sources increases independence from fuel price developments and carbon emissions costs, potentially generating additional revenue from carbon emissions credits.
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Although most energy in the United States is produced by fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants, hydroelectricity is still important to the Nation, as about 7 percent of total power is produced by hydroelectric plants. Nowadays, huge power generators are placed inside dams. Water flowing through the dams spins the turbine blades, which are connected to generators. Power is produced and is sent to homes and businesses.
World distribution of hydropower
Producing electricity using hydroelectric power has some advantages over other power-producing methods.
- Hydropower is the most important and widely-used renewable source of energy.
- Hydropower represents 19% of total electricity production.
- China is the largest producer of hydroelectricity, followed by Canada, Brazil, and the United States. Approximately two-thirds of the economically feasible potential remains to be developed. Untapped hydro resources are still abundant in Latin America, Central Africa, India and China.
Advantages to hydroelectric power:
- Fuel is not burned so there is minimal pollution
- Water to run the power plant is provided free by nature
- Hydropower plays a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Relatively low operations and maintenance costs
- The technology is reliable and proven over time
- It's renewable - rainfall renews the water in the reservoir, so the fuel is almost always there