Hydroelectric power is a proven renewable energy technology.  This country has built numerous dams over the years delivering safe, clean hydroelectricity.  Several of these hydroelectric dams were built by the Public Works Administration during the Great Depression that employed thousands to ultimately end the depression under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  In some ways a past model for TAWA.




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The hydroelectric model is simple.  Dam up a natural seasonal overflow of spring thaw.  Allow that water to return to its normal flow by releasing it through a turbine generators.  Proximity to the grid and the geophysical natural formation of water passages determine the cost-effectiveness of potential sites for hydroelectricity.  While a potential site may be ideal for building a dam, the cost of building the infrastructure to deliver it and the distance to the grid measured in resistance, often makes these great dam locations impractical.  However, as we learn to turn hydroelectric power on site into Hydrogen Gas to be transported and consumed at fuel cells destinations, a new generation of hydroelectricity may evolve.   

Fort Peck Dam in Montana. One of the world’s largest dams continues to generate electricity. In 1936 its construction employed 10,500 workers.

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