Hydropowering Affordable Electricity
Wind and solar power projects often grab today’s sustainable energy headlines, but for more than 100 years another source of clean, renewable power has helped keep electricity affordable.
Water helps keep the lights on 24/7. Today, seven percent of the country’s electricity depends on hydroelectric power to provide low-cost, reliable electricity for homes, schools and businesses.
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From the Blog
While hydro, natural gas, wind and solar contribute significantly to energy production, coal is the “baseload” fuel that provides a solid foundation for generating reliable and affordable electricity. Colowyo Mine near Craig, Colo., is one of the many facilities across the country producing the coal that provides affordable, reliable electricity for thousands of homes, farms, businesses and communities in the West.
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With significantly fewer customers per mile and with diverse and often rugged terrain to cross (agricultural fields, mountains, lakes, canyons etc.), rural areas present numerous extra challenges for connecting homes and businesses to electricity. Couple this reality with poorly conceived government mandates on the energy sector, and getting affordable, reliable power to large swaths of the rural West becomes a nearly insurmountable task.