What do Promised Land, Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro, Hickory Run, Beltzville, Nescopeck and Ricketts Glan have in common?
These state parks in Monroe County or nearby northeastern Pennsylvania are all potential sources of hydropower.
Energy experts say Pennsylvania has great potential to generate more electric power from water sources than it is using. The dam at Lake Wallenpaupack is well known, having provided electricity to PPL for decades.
Yet sites like state parks in the region aren’t under current consideration. They could be, along with privately owned dams. Even small impoundments, if they have sufficient “head” — the difference between the water level and its fall — could make power generation feasible.