hydropower

noun

hy·​dro·​pow·​er ˈhī-drə-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce hydropower (audio)
: hydroelectric power

Examples of hydropower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glaciers there are also important locally for maintaining natural ecosystems and biodiversity, and for providing electricity through hydropower. Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 If your power comes from hydropower, the loss of water from evaporation and other means led to Bitcoin mining consuming 1.65 cubic kilometers of fresh water. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 Robison pulls out his binoculars and looks for birds while Hayes and I evaluate the pros and cons of hydropower. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Other sources of clean energy can be utilized, such as nuclear power and hydropower and even biofuel energy plants. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Grand Coulee Dam, and Chief Joseph Dam farther downstream, together produce roughly half of all the federal hydropower on the Columbia River. Tony Schick, ProPublica, 22 Sep. 2023 Geothermal plants provide 47 percent of Kenya's energy, and production is expected to grow as droughts reduce hydropower sources. LAOS Human skull and shinbone fossils found in a Laos cave suggest modern humans arrived in mainland Southeast Asia up to 36,000 years earlier than thought. Lucy Tu, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Last year’s drought shut down hydropower plants in Brazil and cut off riverside communities in the Amazon from the outside world as connecting waterways turned into empty sand banks. Niko Kommenda, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 An ongoing drought also means its hydropower output has dropped. Hannah Ritchie, WIRED, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydropower was in 1933

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“Hydropower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydropower. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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hydropower

noun
hy·​dro·​pow·​er ˈhī-drə-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce hydropower (audio)
: hydroelectric power
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