Small-Scale Hydropower: An Inside Look at Making Renewable Energy

Hydropower is a major source of renewable energy, and it’s not just big dams that are supplying all the power. Some are small, low-impact hydropower plants, such as the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. in Lawrence, Kan. This small hydroelectric facility is planning to expand — a move that would triple the dam’s power production with almost no additional environmental impact. Here’s a conversation with Sarah Hill-Nelson, co-owner of the plant, about why she loves her job running a small hydroelectric plant, the environmental value of low-impact hydropower, and the exciting potential of expanding hydropower production at existing dams.

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