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Sunday, March 31, 2024

The amount of hydropower generated in the Western US last year was the lowest it's been in more than two decades.

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... That includes states west of the Dakotas and Texas, where 60 percent of the nation's hydropower was generated. These also happen to be the states -- including California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico -- that climate change is increasingly sucking dry. And in a reversal of fortunes, typically wetter states in the [Northwest] -- normally powerhouses for hydropower generation -- were the hardest hit. You can blame extreme heat and drought for the drop in hydropower last year.

This creates a vicious cycle: drought reduces the amount of clean energy available from hydroelectric dams. To avoid energy shortfalls, utilities wind up relying on fossil fuels to make up the difference. That leads to more of the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change, which makes droughts worse. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-03-30 04:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Will be interesting to see what happens with Lake Mead after the runoff this year. It gained a lot of ground last year.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-03-31 07:37 PM | Reply

SCE (Southern California Edison) has several man-made lakes in the Sierras that power hydroelectric.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-03-31 07:52 PM | Reply

Will be interesting to see what happens with Lake Mead after the runoff this year. It gained a lot of ground last year.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL

Fingers crossed. New Mexico could use a good runoff this year too.

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2024-03-31 08:00 PM | Reply

They can-----------------------------------.

#5 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-03-31 08:12 PM | Reply

Nice relevant, up to date reference. Electric Horseman was released when again?

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-03-31 08:33 PM | Reply

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