Hydropower systems convert the energy of water flowing downstream into electricity to generate power. Click here to learn more about how hydropower works.
Hydropower systems convert the energy of water flowing downstream into electricity to generate power. In Rhode Island, limited hydropower resources exist due to the state’s flat, coastal terrain and small number of large rivers. Because of this, the principal opportunity to develop hydropower generation in Rhode Island lies in co-locating new projects on existing dams. Rhode Island waterways contain significant numbers of dams (more than 742 are known to exist); however, only a handful are likely suitable for development. Most studies estimate total state hydropower potential at approximately 10 to 20 MW. As of December 2016, seven permitted hydroelectric facilities exist in Rhode Island, with a combined authorized capacity of 6.7 MW.
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