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Hydropower's Future (David Elschlager, Ameren Hydropower Plant Spokesman)


Water keeps the power flowing at David Elschlager's plant. Hear how hydropower fits into the future of energy.

Transcript: Hydropower's Future

We believe that hydroelectric power has a good future, it has been and will continue to be a low-cost producer also very flexible and very important to the energy mix. One of the most viable resources we have is the fast loading and unloading that a hydroplant can provide. So as the load or demand on the system changes, hydroelectric plants can follow that load and pick it up. If a new an additional unit is required for production, a generating unit can be started within minutes as opposed to a fossil fuel or steam-powered plant, which may take hours to come online.


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