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Water Power Basics

High-level information about about water power: the clean, affordable electricity that will move our nation towards energy independence by harnessing tides, rivers, currents, wave, and marine energy.

 
Learn about Hydropower:
 

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When flowing water is captured and turned into electricity, it is called hydroelectric power or hydropower. Hydropower is the largest source of renewable electricity in the United States, allows the nation to avoid 200 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year, and is responsible for over 300,000 jobs with the potential to create thousands more.

Hydropower has been using water to make electricity for over a century. Water constantly moves through a vast global cycle, evaporating from lakes and oceans, forming clouds, precipitating as rain or snow, then flowing back down to the ocean. Because the water cycle is an endless, constantly recharging system that is not reduced or used up in the hydropower process, hydropower is considered a renewable energy.

There are several types of hydroelectric facilities, all powered by the kinetic energy of flowing water as it moves downstream. Turbines and generators convert the energy into electricity, which is then fed into the electrical grid to be used in homes, businesses, and by industry. Hydropower facilities provide a number of benefits in addition to producing electricity, such as flood control, irrigation, water supply, and a range of recreational opportunities.

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Learn about Marine and Hydrokinetic Power:
 

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The marine and hydrokinetic industry is a newly emerging field that only has a handful of demonstration projects in U.S. waters. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies capture energy from oceans and rivers—including waves, tides, ocean currents, free-flowing rivers, streams, and ocean thermal gradients—to generate electricity. Although these technologies are at a very early stage of development, they hold significant promise for adding to our nation’s renewable energy portfolio.


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Water Power Databases & Tools

Links to water power databases and access to a variety of water power visualization tools, such as maps and charts.

 
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Water Power Reports

Links to technical reports and articles about the water power industry, specifically hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic energy.

 
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Water Power Stakeholders

Information about the major stakeholders in the water power industry, such as name, web address, sector, and more.




Water Power Community

Provides the community with a method for engaging in conversation and providing feedback to questions about different water power topics of interest.

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