DOE Releases Hydro Vision Report

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This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the much-anticipated Hydropower Vision Report, which states that the nation could add 50 GW of new hydropower capacity by 2050. However, of that, 35 GW is just from pumped storage hydropower, while 13 GW could come from upgrading existing projects and retrofitting non-powered dams with hydropower.

The report also identifies 1.7 GW of new hydropower capacity that could be added through new dam construction. However, new dams are identified as the “most costly and environmentally challenging class.”

The Hydropower Vision was an effort led by the DOE that included other government agencies, the hydropower industry, and environmental stakeholders.