Hydro energy

Hydro energy

"Oulu Hydro Energy" by Hteink.min is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

kinetic energy in flowing water, which is used to spin a generator that creates electricity. The most common type of hydroelectric power plant uses a dam on a river to store water in a reservoir. Also called hydroelectric power or hydropower.

Pros

Carbon free energy generation 24/7/365.

Cons

Can be severely limited by drought leading to increased usage of fossil fuel-based generation and associated emissions; can negatively impact river life.

Real Talk

Where accessible, hydropower is an ideal renewable energy replacement for baseload power generation such as coal and nuclear.

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