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

Definition of hydropower

: hydroelectric power

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Already, 20% of the wider Amazon biome, including not only the rainforest but adjacent regions, has been lost to mining, logging, farming, hydropower dams and roads, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Here's what we know about the fires in the Amazon rainforest," 23 Aug. 2019 Lee is a volunteer for Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM), a farmers’ group that actively opposes a hydropower project and the military presence in the Cordillera region, according to the Guardian. Amy Gunia, Time, "American Volunteer Branded 'Enemy of State' and Shot Outside His Home in the Philippines," 8 Aug. 2019 Zimbabwe and Zambia chose General Electric Co. and Power Construction Corp. of China to build a $4 billion hydropower project straddling their border, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. Prinesha Naidoo, BostonGlobe.com, "GE, PowerChina set to build $4 billion Zambia-Zimbabwe plant," 21 June 2019 Since 2011, the prefecture’s generating capacity from renewable energy, excluding large-scale hydropower, has more than quadrupled. River Davis, WSJ, "A Fukushima Ghost Town Seeks Rebirth Through Renewable Energy," 12 July 2019 Running out of water Some 800 million people depend in part on seasonal runoff from Himalayan glaciers for irrigation, hydropower, and drinking water. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Himalayan glaciers melting at alarming rate, spy satellites show," 19 June 2019 And because Norway gets nearly all its electricity from hydropower plants, there’s nowhere better on the planet to enjoy guilt-free driving. Brett Berk, WIRED, "Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise," 6 July 2019 The bill would require New York to construct or purchase vast supplies of wind, solar and hydropower. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "New York Democrats move state to the left after ‘historic’ legislative session," 19 June 2019 But another recent study by CoinShares, a cryptocurrency asset management and analysis firm, found that the majority of the electricity used by bitcoin actually comes from clean sources, like wind, solar, and hydropower. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A new report claims bitcoin is mostly powered by renewable energy. Really?," 18 June 2019

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hydropower

: electricity produced from machines that are run by moving water

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