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Benefits of Hydroelectricity

October 27th, 2010

hydroelectric-power.jpgWater, a simple but vital part of all life on this planet, covers approximately 75% of the Earth’s surface, making it a readily available and cheap source of renewable energy. Water has been used throughout history to create various types of energy for human use. In today’s modern world, water is most often used in the creation of electricity through the building of dams. Use of water for this purpose is known as hydroelectricity, and the process provides many key benefits.

Hydroelectricity is a widely used form of energy, accounting for approximately 10% of the energy production in the United States alone and even more worldwide. Thus, hydroelectricity accounts for up to 80% of the renewable energy used in the United States, making it by far the most widely used means of alternative energy production. Its current acceptance and use make it a promising energy source, as it has already become an entrenched idea in the minds of many.

Hydroelectricity will not exhaust its resources from overuse. Water continually is restored through the natural water cycle. Though its location may change, the amount of water stays constant. The water cycle has never been seen to actually stop operating and this is surely an important factor in an energy source’s viability for large scale use.

Hydroelectricity is considered to be nonpolluting for several reasons. First of all, most dams collecting this energy are located in areas of extremely low population, making possible noise pollution a non-issue. Secondly, unlike other energy sources, there is no release of steam or chemicals, which may affect the environment by causing weather pattern changes over time. Indeed, there are no chemicals at all used in the production of hydroelectricity, making it one of the few truly all natural energy sources.

Hydroelectricity is a financially wise investment in most circumstances. This is important because naturally, companies will not pursue energy sources they see as financially draining. Such sources are almost impossible to implement on a large scale, where they may be more cost efficient, for specifically this reason. Alternatively, hydroelectricity is right in line with fossil fuels in production cost and may even cost less over the course of several decades. This makes it a good economic choice, a wonderful selling point.

Benefits of hydroelectricity are broad, affecting everyone from the producers of such energy to those living in the production area to the end users of the energy. By creating a positive environment for all parties involved, hydroelectricity shows real promise as a viable source of alternative energy. Its ease of implementation, production, and usage combine to make it the most used, most recognized, and most culturally accepted form of alternative energy, giving it an obvious edge over other possibilities.


This article was supplied by Kristin Urbauer from Constant Content.


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