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.
- 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.
- With hydropower, water is forced into a dam and then pushed through a large turbine that creates electricity.
- Hydropower as the method of converting a flow of water into electricity was first created in 1892.
- 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.