Hydropower is one of the oldest and most reliable sources of renewable energy. Generating power from running water without reducing the quantity or quality of that water is an excellent solution for communities struggling with water scarcity and access to power. The flexibility and storage of water makes it much more efficient and affordable for communities to incorporate into the grid, compared to other renewable energy sources.
The Keeyask Generation Project’s seven turbine units provide enough renewable energy to power 400,000 homes.
Built during the Great Depression, the Hoover dam tamed the flood-prone Colorado River southeast of Las Vegas―protecting cities and farms, generating cheap electricity to supply power to homes and industry, and provided work for thousands who desperately needed jobs.
Pumped storage: an opportunity for clean, renewable, independent energy
Pumped storage provides unique opportunities for both industries and communities. Water is moved from a source at lower elevation up to a higher elevation –- taking advantage of excess grid electricity outside of peak demand or solar power during the day. During times of peak electricity demand, the same water flows back down the same path through a turbine, generating electricity. This is particularly attractive as it offsets the power cost of desalination facilities, which can account for half the operational costs.