11 Apr '11, 9pm

There's the potential to power over 85,000 homes annually just by adding hydropower capability to 70 existing dams!

There's the potential to power over 85,000 homes annually just by adding hydropower capability to 70 existing dams!

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released on March 31 the results of an internal study that shows it could generate up to one million megawatt hours of electricity annually and create jobs by adding hydropower capacity at 70 of its existing dams, canals, tunnels and other water-handling facilities. The report, "Hydropower Resource Assessment at Existing Reclamation Facilities," estimates that the additional hydropower capabilities could generate enough clean, renewable energy to annually power more than 85,000 households, while also creating an estimated 1,200 jobs. The Bureau of Reclamation developed the report as part of President Obama's initiative to develop a comprehensive renewable energy portfolio and to meet 80 percent percent of U.S. energy needs with clean sources by 2035.

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