National Hydropower Association News Release
“America needs the clean, flexible power provided by the nation’s first renewable resource” said Malcolm Woolf, NHA President & CEO. “From the Industrial Revolution to World War II to growth of the tech sector, hydropower has powered American innovation and ingenuity. With the right mix of energy, environmental and market policies, hydropower can contribute even more as the nation moves towards decarbonization of the grid and electrification of the transportation industry.”
In 2018, hydropower was the largest generator of clean, renewable electricity, representing 7% of total U.S. electricity generation and 39.5% of renewable electricity generation. The U.S. hydropower fleet is comprised of approximately 2,200 power plants with a total capacity of roughly 102 GW, which includes 95% of U.S. storage capacity (23 GW) pumped storage. Hydropower is also a major job creator, employing 66,500 workers. Read the entire news release here.
Additional Recommended Reading
- National Hydropower Day recognizes America’s first renewable energy source, NPPD News Release. Hydropower has played a role in electrical generation, recreation and irrigation for Nebraskans. NPPD has operated the 24 megawatt North Platte Hydroelectric Plant since 1935, which is fed by a series of canals and reservoirs known as the Sutherland Project. NPPD also operates the Kearney Hydro, a one megawatt unit, that began operation in 1921. NPPD also purchases hydroelectric output from the Kingsley Hydro, operated by Central Nebraska Power and Irrigation District, and two facilities operated by the Loup Public Power District – the Columbus Hydro and the Monroe Hydro – amounting to a total of 110 megawatts of power for Nebraskans.
- NPPD generates interest for Hydropower Day, The North Platte Telegraph
- NPPD recognizes Hydropower as America’s first renewable resource, Nebraska TV
- NPPD’s Hydropower Facilities