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The forgotten power of water

By Heather O' Brian

Often overlooked by governments, a lack of effective market mechanism is holding new hydro and pumped storage back STORAGE NEEDS Electricity grids will require larger and longer storage options as the share of variable wind and solar generation grows


Here’s how Canadian hydropower will power 1 million New York City homes from 2026

By Michelle Lewis |

The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line, will deliver 1,250 megawatts of clean electricity from Canada’s Hydro-Québec, the fourth-largest hydropower producer in the world, to New York City.


California’s Drought Is So Bad, It’s Going to Slash Hydropower

By Angely Mercado Photo: Mario Tama , Getty Images

There are already signs of a difficult summer to come. Outlooks from the U.S. Energy Information Administration found that hydropower would make up only 8% of the state’s total power generation, down from 15%, if California were not under drought conditions. The energy sector will have to use natural gas to fill in the gap left by the lack of hydropower.


Why hydropower is the forgotten giant of clean energy

By Katie Brigham

Hydropower is by far the largest renewable worldwide, producing over twice as much energy as wind, and over four times as much as solar. And pumping water up a hill, aka “pumped storage hydropower”, comprises well over 90% of the world’s total energy storage capacity.


California drought could cut state’s hydropower in half this summer

By Matt Egan

The severe drought in California threatens to significantly undermine the state’s ability to generate hydroelectric power, raising costs for families and driving up planet-warming emissions, according to a federal government forecast.


Southwest megadrought pushes hydropower to the brink

By Jason Plautz Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

As the megadrought gripping the Southwest stretches into its third decade, energy providers are preparing for a future where hydropower is no longer a reliable renewable resource.


Far from Lake Powell, drought punishes another Western dam

By Sammy Roth Photo: Robert Gauthier , Los Angeles Times

Water is flowing through two of three hydropower turbines in a blockish building at the base of Flaming Gorge Dam, so I can feel the floor buzzing — vibrations pulsating through my body — as Billy Elbrock leads me past the blue-and-yellow Westinghouse generators. The warehouse-like space is adorned with an American flag, and with the 1965 logo of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.


A Fight Over America’s Energy Future Erupts on the Canadian Border

David Gelles Photo: Renaud Philippe

Hundreds of feet below a remote forest near Hudson Bay, Serge Abergel inspected the spinning turbines at the heart of the biggest subterranean power plant in the world, a massive facility that converts the water of the La Grande River into a current of renewable electricity strong enough to power a midsize city.


Drought Is Threatening Hydropower in the Southwestern US

By Doug Johnson

NEWS THAT LAKE Powell, a reservoir on the border of Arizona and Utah, is slowly but surely drying up has spread far and wide. Behind the 1,320-megawatt Glen Canyon Dam and power station, Lake Powell plays an important role in providing power for some 3 million customers in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.


Harnessing the energy of the ocean to power homes, planes and whisky distilleries

By William Booth Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Ocean boosters like to compare the kinetic energy stored in the sea to a ginormous oil reserve that’s never going to run dry. It doesn’t matter if the sun shines or the wind blows. The tides turn. You can set your watch to them.