What is hydropower? Hydroelectric power, or hydro power, is a clean, renewable and consistent source of electricity generation which uses the natural flow of water downhill. There are several types of hydropower systems including: storage systems (common in Canada), where a dam creates a reservoir that releases water through turbines;
Commentary by Jonathan Alward, Vice President, Policy, Atlantica Centre for Energy Recent analysis shows that cost-effectively transitioning our energy system in Atlantic Canada to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be based upon a mixed portfolio of solutions including wind-, hydro-, nuclear-, and natural gas-based energy generation. The federal government is currently developing the
Hydropower has been the largest global provider of renewable electricity for over 100 years and represents the first mainstream source of renewable energy. However, many environmental groups don't view large-scale hydro as truly renewable. So what is it? Is hydroelectricity a foundation of our energy future or something better left in our past?
Water — so essential to us all, and yet it still has the potential to further impact our lives in important and positive ways. Hydroelectricity goes by many names — “hydroelectric energy,” “hydropower,” or just plain “water power” — but don’t let that trip you up. It all boils down to harnessing the force