13 May '12, 12pm

With Canal Hydropower, Still Waters Make Electricity

With Canal Hydropower, Still Waters Make Electricity

A modest-looking canal hydropower project in Oregon could be the start of the next big thing in alternative energy in the U.S. Instead of requiring the construction of a new dam, the new Klamath Irrigation District “C-Drop” project scavenges power from an existing canal system. It’s a relatively cheap, painless way to provide affordable, sustainable energy to rural communities, so what’s not to like? Sustainable hydropower in the U.S.A. Reclaiming hydropower from pre-built environments has been a focus of the Obama Administration’s sustainable energy initiatives, though until this spring it got little notice. That all changed last year when the Department of the Interior found that scores of sites at its canals in the Western U.S. could potentially be retrofitted generate hydropower. Just last month, DOI announced that it found scores of additional sites, for a total of mo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/13/with-canal-hydropower...

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