Putting water to work

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.


About Allen Best

Allen Best is a Colorado-based journalist. He publishes a subscription-based e-zine called Mountain Town News, portions of which are published on the website of the same name, and also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
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