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New Small Hydro Could Add Significantly to State Renewable Power

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-small-hydro-could-add-significantly-state-renewable-power/

Over at Climate Progress, Stephen Lacey recently asked why there isn’t more development of micro hydro in the U.S., given its potential to provide more than 30,000 low-cost megawatts of power to U.S. states (and bipartisan political support).

We can’t answer that question any better than Stephen, but we can provide a good illustration of that potential, replicating a map from our 2010 report Energy Self-Reliant States (click here for a larger version):

New Micro Hydro Power Potential (Percent of State Electricity Sales)

 

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