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Environmental Impacts of Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric power includes both massive hydroelectric dams and small run-of-the-river plants. Large-scale hydroelectric dams continue to be built in many parts of the world (including China and Brazil), but it is unlikely that new facilities…
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How Hydroelectric Energy Works

By taking advantage of gravity and the water cycle, we have tapped into one of nature’s engines to create a useful form of energy. In fact, humans have been capturing the energy of moving water…

Hydropower

Hydropower is energy derived from flowing water. More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks used waterpower to run wheels for grinding grain; today it is among the most cost-effective means of generating electricity and…

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The Costs and Benefits of Hydropower

By Lois Parshley   Photo by Sean McDermott   1/5/18   
On an early spring evening in southwestern Albania, Taulant Hazizaj walks between silver-gray olive trees near the Vjosa River. Farms sprawl over the wide river valley, swatches of irrigated green giving way to the rocky…