Hydroelectricity is electricity that comes from the harvesting of energy created by water. The electricity is generated when the paddles placed in a continuous stream of water are pushed by the water, creating kinetic energy which is then stored away to be used by people that subscribe for an electric bill each month. It is a way of sustainable energy, because unlike coal and oil, water is a renewable resource, and nothing is used or expended in the process of creating this hydroelectricity.
Hydroelectricity and its place in the world
Hydroelectricity is really one of the least popular forms of alternative energy. People would much rather expend their money on developing wind farms and devices that will harness the kinetic energy caused by the wind. This is because there is much more profit in wind energy. The wind provides significantly less resistance than water, allowing the pinwheel to spin faster, thereby creating much more energy than a waterfall could. However, this does not mean that energy obtained through the water is any less potent or powerful, just that there isn’t as much of it. This is obvious, as there are fewer systems of moving water in the world than there are of rapidly moving wind. An advantage to hydroelectricity though is that it is safer to invest in. One tornado and an entire wind farm can be destroyed, whereas it would have a much tougher time damaging a hydro dam. The only disaster that directly affects water is the hurricane, which would also have trouble damaging something deeply buried underwater, or a flood, which would be beneficial to business, if anything. Even if it is less popular, that doesn’t mean it is worse.