Twenty Hydroelectric Power Facts

Hydroelectric Dam in Canadian Rockies

Hydroelectric power accounts for nearly 16% of the world’s electric production. Electricity is produced by water falling through a turbine, either from a natural or artificial waterfall. Hydroelectric generation works equally well on a large scale to provide power to cities or regions or on a small scale to provide power to a single household or project.

It’s renewable, which keeps costs low, and produces very little greenhouse gas emissions. Hydropower can also respond quickly to lowered demand without difficulty.

The drawbacks to hydropower include habitat loss and displacement of populations. Dams can disrupt fisheries and reduce flow to the mouths of rivers.

Enjoy these twenty hydroelectric power facts.

Hydropower and Hydroelectric Energy Facts and Figures (via

Hydroelectric Energy is one of the three forms of water energy. The other two forms of water energy being the tidal and wave energy. Water energy in its turn is one of the 5 renewable green energy sources. It is worth to collect and accumulate the important and crucial facts and figures about this…

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