Putting water to work
Small-scale hydropower eyed for electricity, irrigation
Gravity being what it is, any water flowing between Colorado’s highest and lowest points, a range of 11,124 feet, has great embedded energy. The question is whether that energy can be throttled and put to use.
The answer, of course, is yes. Early gold-seekers used hydraulic mining to blast apart hillsides. Later, turbines were installed in many dams to produce electricity.
And now come new efforts across Colorado to further yoke the power of falling water. See the rest of the story I wrote for Colorado Biz Magazine.