Hydroelectric power is electricity produced from generators driven by turbines that are turned by falling or fast-flowing water.
There are many advantages including that hydropower is renewable energy, does not pollute, is very reliable and safe. Hydropower can be generated 24/7 365 days a year. It is considered the "battery backup" for wind and solar generation as the wind doesn't blow all the time and neither does the sun shine every day, all day.
Some people think that the dams built to allow for hydropower production have negative effects on fish however, millions of dollars are spent annually to study and improve fish survival rates. Additionally, dam owners including Fall River, have constructed fish ladders, aeriation basins to maintain dissolved oxygen levels necessary for fish reproduction, placed fish screens to keep fish out of irrigation channels and back in the streams and rivers.
Other than the purported effect on fish, there are NO other impacts that hydropower has on the environment.
Hydropower generation constitutes 87% of the power provided to our members. It when combined with the wind and nuclear power generation purchased by FRE result in FRE being 97% carbon-free!