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Water Powers Our World: Top Ten Reasons To Love Hydro Power


by Andrew Ciccone June 08, 2017

Harnessing the power of water is one of the oldest means of producing power. From milling grains to producing electricity from the movement of water. Hydropower or water power is power derived from the energy of falling water or fast running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes.

Hydroelectricity accounts for about 7% of total energy production (Energy Information Administration, 2015). Huge power generators are placed inside dams delivering clean, renewable energy in a day and age when traditional fuel sources are limited, expensive and have a damaging impact on our environment.  

Hydropower does not pollute the water or the air. Hydropower facilities can have an environmental impact by changing the environment and affecting land use, homes, and natural habitats in the dam area. Hydroelectric power plants may obstruct fish migration and affect their populations. Operating a hydroelectric power plant may also change the water temperature and the river's flow. These changes may harm native plants and animals in the river and on land.

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 Here are the Top Ten (10) Reasons to adopt Hydro Power:  

  1. Hydroelectricity is a renewable energy source.- Hydroelectricity uses the energy of running water, without reducing its quantity, to produce electricity. 
  2. Hydropower makes it feasible to utilize other renewable sources. - The flexibility and storage capacity of hydroelectric power plants make them more efficient and economical in supporting the use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as solar energy or wind powered energy.
  3. Hydroelectricity promotes guaranteed energy and price stability - River water is a domestic resource which, contrary to fuel or natural gas, is not subject to market fluctuations.
  4. Hydropower contributes to the storage of drinking water - Hydroelectric power plant reservoirs collect rainwater, which can then be used for consumption or for irrigation. In storing water, they protect the water tables against depletion and reduce our vulnerability to floods and droughts.
  5. Hydroelectricity increases the stability and reliability of electricity systems - The capacity of hydroelectric systems to reach maximum production from zero in a rapid and foreseeable manner makes them exceptionally appropriate for addressing alterations in the consumption and providing ancillary services to the electricity system, thus maintaining the balance between the electricity supply and demand.
  6. Hydroelectricity helps fight climate changes - The hydroelectric life cycle produces very small amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG) which have be reported to accelerate global warming. 
  7. Hydroelectricity improves the air we breathe - Hydroelectric power plants don't release pollutants into the air and don't generate toxic by-products.
  8. Hydropower offers a significant contribution to development - It offers a vast potential and is available where development is most necessary.
  9. Hydroelectricity means clean and cheap energy for today and for tomorrow - Hydroelectric developments are long-term investments that can benefit various generations. They can be easily upgraded to incorporate more recent technologies and have very low operating and maintenance costs.
  10. Hydroelectricity is a fundamental instrument for sustainable development - Hydroelectric enterprises that are developed and operated in a manner that is economically viable, environmentally sensible and socially responsible represent the best concept of sustainable development. That means, "development that today addresses people's needs without compromising the capacity of future generations for addressing their own needs" (World Commission on the Environment and Development, 1987).

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is another tool which can be used to promote and guide more sustainable hydropower projects. It is a methodology used to audit the performance of a hydropower project across more than twenty environmental, social, technical and economic topics.

A Protocol assessment provides a rapid sustainability health check. It does not replace an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), which takes place over a much longer period of time, usually as a mandatory regulatory requirement. 

 




Andrew Ciccone
Andrew Ciccone

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Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.



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