Our ancestors made the most of what they had.That included using the power of streams and rivers to power their saw mills and grain mills and early manufacturing plants. Today, In the age of coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar, we often wonder whether we're not overlooking this valuable, renewable energy source.
So, we were pleasantly surprised to learn from the U.S. Department of Energy that "hydropower remains the most common and least expensive source of renewable electricity in the United States."
According to the recently released hydropower market report, roughly seven percent of the country's electricity is produced from hydropower resources.
Still grinding along, for example, is a grain mill owned and operated by six generations of the Weisenberger family in the heart of Kentucky since the Civil War.
DOE Communications Specialist Sarah Wagoner writes:
"In 1862, August Weisenberger emigrated from Baden, Germany, to start milling grains in Midway, Kentucky. He purchased the existing three-story stone mill on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek in 1865—the perfect location to harness water power to operate the mill.
Learn more about hydropower at the DOE's Water Power Program's website.
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