Kentucky has significant untapped potential to generate electricity from water flowing over existing dams. The National Laboratories in Idaho (a federal agency) looked at potential hydro-electric sites in KY in 2003 and concluded that we could generate 887 mega-watts of power at existing dams. Current cost estimates show these sites could be developed for less than the cost of an equivalent power plant. Tapping into all of these resources would more than double Kentucky’s current hydro-electric generation (2.6 times the current level).
Reports and Resources
Energy Information Administration. "Hydroelectric Generation Statistics by state" (2009): www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/hydroelec/hydroelec.html.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "National Hydroelectric sites in pre-permit stage" (2008): Click here to access.
Louisville Gas & Electric / EON Green Power program: www.eon-us.com/green/default.asp.
Mother Ann Lee low impact hydroelectric station: www.kyhydropower.com.
U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory and Technology Center of Idaho. Potential Hydroelectric Capacity in Kentucky compiled into and Excel spreadsheet. Click here to access.