- Fewer than 3% of the 80,000 US dams generate electricity.
- Small hydropower (< 30 MW) could double U.S. hydropower capacity (adding 96,000 MW of new power) and creating 285,311 direct and 135,386 indirect new jobs in the west by 2025).
Hydropower Industry Employment
The hydropower industry currently accounts for approximately 200,000-300,000 jobs according to a study by Navigant Consulting Inc. And according to the same study, with the right policies, the industry could add 1.4 million new cumulative direct, indirect and induced full time equivalents (FTE) jobs by 2025.
Hydro Green now has 23 projects in 11 states that can provide nearly 500 MW of renewable energy. Each project should create over 160 jobs.
- Powering unequipped dams could ramp up generation.
For more on this topic see Hydropower: Past & Future chapter in “The Great Transition.”