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Fun facts about hydropower in the Midwest

 


Home to Hydropower

  • The World's first hydroelectric power plant was built in Appleton, Wisconsin on the Fox River.  In 1882 the Appleton Edison Light Company began generating electricity to power the home of a prominent papermill owner.
 
 
 

 

The Largest Source of Clean Energy

 
  • Hydropower is the largest source of clean energy, accounting for roughly 7% of total power produced in the United States and 19% in the World.  All other renewables combined equate to only 3% of power production in the United States. (USGS)
 
  
 
 

 

Clean Power for Future Generations

  • Hydroelectric dams are long-term power generators that can last more than 100 years. This is roughly 5X the average lifespan of other renewable generators such as wind and solar.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Benefits Beyond Power

  • Not only do hydrodams generate electricity, but they create several benefits such as flood control, irrigation, recreation, and wildlife habitat.