Developers of Hydro Plants See Role in Pittsburgh Region

December 26, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls it an “aquatic staircase.” Every dozen miles or so, the water in the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers trips over a dam and falls several feet into a lower channel.

The man-made cascades break the rivers into pools and keep them deep enough for navigation, but the flow and fall of water over the dams has drawn the attention of hydropower developers who see it as an unharnessed source of reliable, renewable energy.

Right now, there are 13 hydroelectric power projects at some stage of federal permitting review on the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers in southwestern Pennsylvania. If all of them are built, they would have a combined capacity of 212 megawatts of electricity…

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