As the debate rages over what forms of energy generation pose acceptable risks and rewards, the Dept. of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation is boosting the prospects for hydropower. The agency released a report
The potential increase in total power is modest, estimated to be enough to supply about 85,000 households. But such projects could have local appeal, depending on choices being made between various energy sources.
The highlighted facilities, chosen from 530 candidates, are in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. For a quick overview, including a summary cost-benefit ratio, see:
The report is intended to be used as an initial screening tool to help focus future efforts. What do local officials and residents think? In