Hydroelectric power uses the natural flow of moving water to generate electricity. It is one of the oldest and largest sources of renewable energy.

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy provides information on what hydropower is, how it works, the cost, the benefits, and the history of this type of renewable energy. Learn more.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides information to understand the water cycle and why it is important to understand hydropower. Learn more.

The Water Power Technologies Office Hydropower Program works to advance hydropower through research and development projects. Learn more about the program.

The New York Power Authority is the largest power utility in the country and has three large-scale hydroelectric plants. Learn more.

The National Hydropower Association provides a map of existing hydropower sources and infrastructure in New York State. View the map.

The New York Power Authority hosts a map of hydropower facilities throughout New York State. View the map.

Microhydropower systems usually generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity. Most of the hydropower systems used by homeowners and small business owners would qualify as microhydropower systems. Learn more.

To view current funding opportunities related to hydropower, click here.

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