05 Apr '11, 4pm

How America could easily add 12 nuclear reactors’ worth of hydro power

A new analysis by Oakridge National Laboratory says that America could generate 12.6 gigawatts of always-on baseload power just by adding electrical generation capacity to existing dams that don't already have it. That's 12 (big) nuclear reactors' worth -- the average reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant produced only 0.78 GW . Much of that power-generating capacity is low-hanging fruit: ORNL estimates that even if you focused only on the country’s 100 biggest non-electrified dams, you could still generate 8 gigawatts of power. That's four times as much as the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which provides 30 percent of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester county. Historically, hydropower has been seen as a dead end in the race to replace fossil fuels with renewables. A 2002 analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists says that "The impact of very la...

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