The definition of hydropower is hydroelectric power, which is electricity produced by water.
An example of hydropower is the electricity produced by a water channel turbine.
- The Energy Information Administration (EIA) states that hydropower accounts for 6 percent of all electricity production in the United States, and nearly 70 percent of electricity generation from renewable energy sources.
- Harvesting hydropower poses a risk to fish and other aquatic life and when bioenergy comes from burning crops, harvesting the large amounts of crops needed to create fuel poses a risk to our food supply.
- Hydropower relies on the building of dams which can change the eco-system, natural flow of water and even displace wildlife and entire communities of people.
- Already there are numerous hydropower plants in place, many with plans to expand or renovate in order to generate more energy for the region.
- Unfortunately, solar power is intermittent and requires supplementation by other energy sources, such as hydropower or geothermal energy.