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Duke Energy Academy : Hydroelectric

Provides guide to government energy policy information resources for high school students participating in the Duke Energy Academy June 22-28, 2014.


Numerous U.S. government agencies are involved in hydroelectric energy and produce relevant information resources on this topic.  Examples include:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (Independent agency regulating interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. Licenses and inspects private, local government, and state hydroelectric plants.

FERC Hydropower Industries

Energy Dept. Hydropower Information

Energy Information Administration Hydroelectric Capacity   

Federal Hydropower Administrations-The following four hydropower branches within the Energy Department: Bonneville,

SoutheasternSouthwestern, and Western Area distribute electric power in various U.S. regions.

Tennessee Valley Authority:  Federal corporation supplying hyrdopower and electricity to many southern states.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army agency responsible for construcing dams in the U.S. and internationally and meeting various energy and environmental needs.) This map lists their geographic locations

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Interior Dept. agency responsible for water management in Western U.S. including managing Hoover Dam.)

Hydropower:  Federal and Nonfederal Investment  (July 7, 2015 report by Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service (CRS))

Water Resource Issues in the 114th Congress (Jan. 23, 2015 report by Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service (CRS).



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