Conventional hydro power has made huge contributions to the U.S. energy landscape, and there are new and more advanced hydro power technologies that produce electricity in a variety of ways. Presently, only 3 percent of the nation's 80,000 dams currently generate electricity. US Hydro has the experience and knowledge to take advantage of the various hydro technologies and apply them to the most cost effective projects in the following categories:
PUMPED STORAGE - The most affordable, achievable means of storing electricity at scale, this technology uses electricity from the grid to move water uphill to a reservoir during times of low demand and electricity prices. Then produces electricity from the "stored" water running downhill through a hydro turbine during times of peak demand.
CONVENTIONAL - Allowing water to flow from a reservoir through a dam and turbine system, conventional hydro has been reliably generating electricity for decades - and is poised to expand through upgrades and capacity additions at existing facilities.
CONDUIT - This technology places turbines in existing water infrastructure like irrigation canals, and potable and non-potable water system pipes with minimal environmental impact to produce hydro power.
SMALL HYDRO - Developers and local communities in all regions of the country are re-examining existing dams and infrastructure to support small hydro installations. Small hydro is an important component to expanding U.S. hydro capacity.