With the right policies in place, the U.S. could add 60,000 MW of new hydro capacity by 2025, and the technical potential is estimated to be far larger. According to a recent study from Navigant Consulting, inland resources represent more than 84GW of total technical hydropower potential in the U.S. Accessing that massive capacity will depend on maximizing our use of several key technologies.

  • iStock_000000781792XSmall New technology employed at existing hydro sites represents an opportunity for new sources of power. By installing more efficient turbines and enhancing performance, the existing hydropower infrastructure can generate more power, sustainably.

  • 07.09 Bowersock ViewfromBridge Federal regulators are taking important steps to streamline the permitting process for these low-cost, low-impact small hydro projects, which offer an important avenue to expanding hydropower capacity in the U.S.

  • iStock_000007117845XSmall There are 80,000 dams across the U.S., and only 3 percent have the turbines and other equipment necessary to produce power from the water that flows through them. Powering these facilities is a way to increase our nation’s supply of renewable energy by maximizing our existing infrastructure and without the need to build new dams.

  • 6a00e54ef036d6883400e5505bf8a78833-800wi This vital energy storage technology can support America’s broader renewable energy goals by serving as a battery for intermittent sources, but federal support is needed to spur development of these projects across long timelines.