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

Sarah Hill-Nelson, co-owner of the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. in Lawrence, Kan., talks about low-impact hydropower and the great potential of this type of renewable energy.

Hydropower turbine
Bowersock Power is currently working on a proposed expansion of its facility. This turbine will be used in that project if it’s approved. Steven Chu, the Secretary of Energy, has estimated that similar hydropower projects at existing dams across the United States could produce 70 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy. That’s the equivalent of about 70 nuclear power plants or 100 coal-fired plants.