As America’s largest source of clean electricity, hydropower accounts for 52 percent of all renewable energy generation in the U.S. Hydropower has been a reliable source of energy in the U.S. for more than 100 years. That proven reliability benefits the national electric grid in a number of ways, from supporting other renewable energy sources to stabilizing the network to storing electricity for later use. Hydropower facilities often do more than produce electricity, also providing vital benefits such as flood control, navigation, irrigation, water supply and a range of recreational opportunities.
Not only is hydropower a low-cost source of renewable electricity, it is also among the most cost-effective energy sources across the board. And since hydropower taps the self-renewing power of our waterways, its electricity is not subject to unpredictable price swings in the markets for energy commodities. Using hydropower avoids the emission of approximately 200 million metric tons of carbon pollution in America each year. America’s hydropower industry has the potential to create 1.4 million cumulative jobs by 2025, putting Americans to work building a 21st century clean energy infrastructure.
To learn more about the largest source of clean energy in the U.S., visit the National Hydropower Association’s website.