Renewable Hydropower Energy

The US produces more electrical power from renewable hydropower energy than from any other renewable energy source. In fact, in 2012 renewable hydropower energy accounted for 56% of the renewable energy production and 7% of the overall national energy production.

Renewable hydropower energy is available throughout the US and relies only on a source of available moving water, such as: ocean waves and tides, rivers, and streams. Due to this abundance, renewable hydropower energy is the most available, affordable and sustainable energy source. It has also proven to be the most reliable renewable energy source with the first renewable hydropower energy plant having been established in 1882. Today the renewable hydropower energy industry supplies electricity to more than 24 million homes across the United States.

Better still, when accounting for full project lifetime fuel costs, operations, and maintenance, renewable hydropower energy has the lowest production costs of electricity of any energy source. In 2012 alone, renewable hydropower energy replaced nearly 200 million metric tons of carbon emissions of fossil-fuel energy generation in the US alone. This is equal to the emissions of over 40 million vehicles.

Hydropower has the strong potential of creating millions of jobs in these trying economic times. Reports indicate that the hydropower industry in America alone can potentially create 1.4 million jobs by 2025 cumulatively. Indeed, putting citizens back to work by building clean energy infrastructures is a positive move for communities at large.

Most importantly, renewable hydropower energy is clean, in fact, very clean. The water released back into rivers after passing through turbines is not polluted nor is a significant amount of solid waste produced while undergoing the electricity creating process. Air emissions created through running a hydropower plant are slight since no fuels burn during operations. The National Hydropower Association (NHA) reports that using hydropower “avoids the emission of more than 225 million metric tons of carbon pollution in America each year.”


NHA Fact Sheet