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Hydropower or hydroelectric power is a renewable and reliable energy source that serves national environmental and energy policy objectives. Hydropower is created from the kinetic energy of falling water. The energy is then converted into electricity via turbine (which can be as large as 800 megawatts).

Hydropower is an emissions-free, renewable and reliable energy source. Hydropower's fuel, water, is not depleted in the production of energy. As a source of energy, hydropower excels at preserving the stability and reliability of the electrical grid due to its unique operating characteristics.

Ocean Energy

The ocean’s tides and waves contain vast amounts of energy that can be used to create electricity. Currently, the ability to harness ocean energy is underdevelopment. For more information, on ocean energy visit the links below.


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