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Expanding Hydroelectric Generation, the Easy Way

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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More renewable electric generation along with less fossil-fueled generation is needed in order to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) electricity. My home state (California) does not consider nuclear generation or medium to large hydroelectric generation “renewable,” although I do. California defines the two excluded “non-renewable” electricity sources as “zero-carbon resources.”

Hydro power is also a bit strange in other respects, whether it’s small medium or large. First of all it serves several masters. In addition to needs by the electric grid it responds to needs for water.

This post is mostly about medium to large hydro generation, specifically those that have dams, and thus reservoirs.

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Michael Keller on Nov 7, 2022

If the green energy fanatics (A.KA. the Democratic Party) have their way, all the dams in the in the West will be torn down to save the salmon. You folks in California seem oblivious to the massive, ever growing, economic damage being inflicted by the radicals that keep getting voted into office. 

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