Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Interest in Dams Overflows in Wisconsin

The Prairie du Sac Dam on the Wisconsin River.  It was
developed in 1914.  Click for photo credit.
I ran into this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about expanded interest in hydropower in the midwestern U.S.  Hydroelectric energy is considered a green energy source and it produces roughly 7% of the electricity generated in the U.S.  Other green energy sources, such as wind and solar produce approximately half the electricity as hydroelectric power.

Many of the existing small hydroelectric dams are old.  They were built decades ago and have a number of challenges ranging from aging equipment to reservoir infilling.

Yet, in this era of finding alternatives to fossil fuels, some are returning to hydroelectric power as a viable source of energy for the future in some areas.

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