Human settlements

Renewable energy

Hydroelectric power projects

Renewable Energy Commercialisation in Australia, Australian Greenhouse Office, 2003
NOTE: The status of these projects will have changed since the time of publication, and project contacts may also have changed.

Hydroelectric power is electricity produced by the potential energy of fresh water in rivers and lakes. Hydroelectricity accounts for a significant percentage of Australia's existing electricity generation capacity and has the advantage of being able to provide both base load and peaking capacity to the electricity network. Small-scale hydro using the run of the river approach instead of constructing large dams has fewer environmental impacts.


Hydro system using an irrigation channel

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