Hydropower

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of Hydropower

Hydropower is a clean, renewable and reliable energy source which converts kinetic energy from falling water into electricity.

The technology has since been refined to become very efficent in the production of electricity.

Disadvantages of Hydropower

Dams are extremely expensive to build and must be built to a very high standard.

The flooding of large areas of land means that the natural environment is destroyed.

People living in villages and towns that are in a valley to be flooded, must move out. This means that they lose their farms and bisnisses. In some countries people are forcibly removed so that hydropower schemes can go ahead.