Hydroelectric generation is the largest type of renewable generation, totaling about 101,000 megawatts (MW) in the U.S. The Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydropower Vision report sees that capacity rising to 150,000 MW by 2050. Concerns about climate change and environmental protection have led the DOE to take a harder look at the potential to increase hydro generation. In many cases, DOE noted dams on rivers already exist, and adding a turbine would be all that's needed to turn potential hydro generation to actual hydro generation. However, in the West, groups are calling for a removal of some dams as a way to restore fish and riparian habitat.

Industrial Info’s Power Industry project database is tracking 449 hydropower-related projects in the U.S. worth $53.64 billion.

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