Adding hydropower to Fed dams in the West could power 85,000 homes

Bureau of Reclamation report lists 70 dams with potential to generate power.

Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River. Photo: Bureau of ReclamationAs many as 70 government-owned dams in the western U.S. have the potential to generate electricity to power 85,000 households if hydropower generators are added, according to a report by the Bureau of Reclamation. The report studied 530 sites in the agency's jurisdiction. "Adding hydropower capability at existing Reclamation facilities is a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way to build our clean energy economy," said Anne Castle, assistant interior secretary for water and science.

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