By District 5, Period 5 Division (Randy, Armaan and Anthony)
How is modern hydropower produced?
Hydropower produces about 600 TWh of electricity in the United States and Canada annually
Over 30 terrawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in Ontario annually, it provides 23% of the province's energy needs
The Benefits of Hydroelectricity
Hydropower is produced for an average of 0.85 cents per kilowatt-hour (kwh) in the US.
About 50% the cost of nuclear, 40% the cost of fossil fuel, and 25% the cost of using natural gas
Keeps Air Clean
Fishing, Boating and other water sports can be enjoyed on the reservoir created by the dam
Excess runoff water drains into the reservoir as opposed to being lodged on land
Some hydroelectric dams can retain hazardous materials and prevent uncontrolled sedimentation on the river bed