HYDROPOWER IS EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE IN SOLVINGEMISSIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, AND BENEFIT ALLPEOPLES.
Ian C. Porte, the World Bank Country Director for Lao PDR and Thailand.
The Nation Thailand.“Sustainable hydropower benefits all”. September 7, 2007. Lexis
, for example,
can be one of the most efficient and cost-effectiveways to generate renewable energy; it does not produce the same harmfulemissions as fossil fuels
, such as natural gas, oil or coal
. It can also reduce theimpacts of catastrophic events such as floods and drought.
In this way, hydroshows it can be globally beneficial.If soundly implemented,
hydropower projectscan also improve environmental management while mitigating impacts, andcan help improve the living standards of the local people
. Hydro can thusbenefit local communities. Moreover
, sustainable hydropower can provideenduring economic benefits through sustained revenue flows that can
allowcountries like the Lao PDR to reduce poverty and
ensure benefits to all itscitizens.
Hydro can have countrywide benefits.
HYDROELECTRICITY IS THE OVERALL BEST OPTION WHEN IT COMESTO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
Peter Bowyer, Professor of Physics at Cambridge University, “Weighing up thebenefits against the environmental
disadvantages, is it feasible or desirable forhydroelectric power to be developed on a muchlarger scale in the future?”http://peter.mapledesign.co.uk/writings/physics/2005_Hydroelectric_Power_Feasible_ or_Desirable.pdf The energy of flowing water is the most readily available, renewable, and cleandomestic source of electricity that we have right now. It is available in most parts of the country that have high rainfall and mountainous areas
. In terms of total production, hydropower is America's leading renewable energy resource; it ismore reliable and efficient and less expensive than geothermal, biomass,wind, and solar energy
. Perhaps most important,
it is a clean source of power--it produces no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, or any other airemissions
. In addition, it produces no solid or liquid wastes.
Hydropower is also
one of the least expensive sources of electricity in the United States. Forevery kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity produced by a hydropower plant, only