Renewable Energy 101: Hydro

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Tapping into water sources for energy.

Hydroelectric energy is generated using the power of moving water in our Earth’s rivers and oceans.

How It Works

  1. A dam blocks water from moving where it wants to naturally
  2. Instead, the water flows through a pipe to a turbine, then back out on the other side of the dam
  3. Turbines spin by force of water and rotate a generator
  4. The generator produces electricity and sends to power lines, bringing electricity to homes and businesses

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