hy·​dro·​pow·​er | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce hydropower (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revoked Boyce's hydropower-generating license on the Edenville Dam in 2018, citing years of the dam owners failing to address safety concerns, especially the dam's inability to withstand a big flood. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Restoring flood-destroyed lakes could cost landowners thousands a year for decades," 11 Sep. 2020 Below average rainfall is part of the reason why the river has run so low, but a bigger issue is China damming the upper Mekong to create hydropower plants—an accusation Beijing has frequently disputed. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Systemic shocks: the U.S. financial market is under threat from climate change," 10 Sep. 2020 Indeed, federal authorities two years before its collapse had deemed the Edenville Dam, an earthen berm built for hydropower in 1924, inadequate to handle heavy rains and in need of upgrade. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "One solution to America’s dam-safety problem: Remove them," 8 Sep. 2020 By 2020, they are expected to make up 13 percent of total U.S. electricity generation, surpassing hydropower. Andrew Blum, Popular Science, "To hit renewables targets, countries are sharing energy across borders," 8 Sep. 2020 The Bureau of Reclamation is the nation’s second largest producer of hydropower, according to a media advisory. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump’s energy platform is the same, but the world is changing," 24 Aug. 2020 In 1898, the dam was fortified and reconstructed to provide hydropower and became known as Smelt Hill Dam. James Prosek, National Geographic, "If you unbuild it, they will come—the fish, that is," 14 Aug. 2020 Including hydropower, more than half is carbon-free. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "Trump fires chair of Tennessee Valley Authority board," 4 Aug. 2020 The company's clean-energy arm continues to grow, a Minnesota Power rate increase was reduced, progress was made toward a controversial new natural gas plant and a high-power transmission line carrying Canadian hydropower to Minnesota was finished. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Allete's 1st female CEO takes helm at crossroads," 21 Aug. 2020

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydropower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydropower. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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: electricity produced from machines that are run by moving water

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