Hydropower traces its roots to the water wheels used by ancients Greeks to grind wheat into flour. Today, China’s Three Gorges Dam is the largest electricity-producing power plant in the world. By harnessing the power of rivers and oceans, scientists have been able to create a sustainable energy source from water. Read on to learn more about hydropower.
Insights for Hydropower
- The Energy Information Admistration provides official statistics on energy usage from the U.S. government. Statistics include the net generation from hydroelectric power by state.
- Children learning about hydropower will benefit from the Energy Information Administration’s EIA Energy Kids site, which hosts a straightforward article about the basics of hydropower, accompanied by useful illustrations, diagrams and photographs.
Top Sites for Hydropower
U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program reviews how hydropower works, the advantages and disadvantages of hydropower, and the potential for hydropower in the future.
Environmental Literacy Council provides an overview of hydroelectric power and offers links to external Web sites for more information.
National Hydropower Association offers facts about hydropower in the U.S., covers “hot topics” in the industry and offers a list of hydropower-related headlines from around the Web.