New life for the dammed? Philly issues call for hydro-energy projects

November 2, 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer
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While small-scale hydro projects often generate public excitement, many never get off the ground because they can’t make money, especially in a low-energy price environment. Such was the case with an innovative pilot project the Water Department explored five years ago to extract thermal energy from the warmth of the city’s sewage.

“Most projects require low or subsidized installation costs to receive a viable financial return on investment,” said a 2015 report commissioned by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council exploring the financial feasibility of low-impact hydro projects.

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