Hydropower-Specific Information

General Energy & Emissions Information

Fossil Fuels

Other Renewable Energy

General Information

Solar Energy

Wind Energy

Tidal & Wave Energy



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Other Energy Resources

Links to More Information about Electricity & Fuels

Exploring Hydropower on Other Sites

Thank you for visiting WhyHydroPower.com. While we’ve barely scratched the surface about hydropower on this site, you can find more information by following some of the links below. We’ve also included several links to other energy-related sites you may find useful.

Hydropower-Specific Information

Guide to Hydropower A step-by-step guide from Canyon Hydro that takes you through hydropower basics, the components of a hydropower system, how to measure water energy and determine electricity output, and tips for evaluating a potential hydropower site.

Powered by Water: A Resource Guide to Hydroelectricity An overview of the forces that produce hydroelectricity, and a short discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of hydropower. 

A Layman’s Guide to Small Hydro Systems in Scotland A useful introduction to Streaming (Run of River) Hydropower systems, although the information becomes very Scotland-specific later in the document.

MicroHydroPower.net News and information about small hydroelectric systems.

Hydro Research Foundation A non-profit organization providing education and information about hydroelectric generation.

General Energy and Emissions Information

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Home page - other EIA links follow below...

Types of Electric Power Generation and Consumption A breakdown of the different energy sources used to generate electricity, as well as electricity market statistics.

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Sources Statistics on where energy is consumed and how this affects CO2 emissions.

CO2 Emissions by Fuel Type Lists all major fuels and the amount of CO2 released for each add individual page links here.

Electric Power Research Institute Industry association focused on all types of electrical power generation..

Fossil Fuels

Fuel Properties U. S. Department of Energy tools that allow users to create custom charts comparing fuel properties and characteristics for multiple alternative fuels.

Wikipedia: Coal Extensive report on coal, its uses, and environmental effects.

Wikipedia: Diesel Similar report on diesel, applications for use, and environmental effects.

Other Types of Renewable Energy

General Renewable Energy Information

RenewableEnergyWorld.com A leading news and comment site about all types of renewable energy.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) The NREL's Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) provides access to an extensive collection of renewable energy resource data, maps, and tools.

Renewable Energy Workshops Hands-on classes for various types of renewable energy conducted by SEI.

Energy Bible Overview of the different types of renewable energy available with short tutorials on how they work.

Solar Energy

Advanced Energy Group Good tutorial on solar energy and how it can be used to produce electricity.

American Solar Energy Society Trade association website with industry news and job information.

NREL Solar Maps Extensive collection of maps from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showing solar characteristics of different regions.

Wind Energy

American Wind Industry Association Lots of facts about wind power, along with examples of successful sites.

Danish Wind Industry Association Excellent tutorial on wind power and electrical generation. Much of this content is applicable to all types of generation.

Wind Energy Resource Atlas Interesting selection of geographical maps and graphs relating to wind energy.

Tidal and Wave Energy

Tidal Energy Conversion Good overview of how tidal systems work, although this is a technical report that goes a bit deep in places. Produced by EPRI.

Wave Energy Systems Short overview of how wave systems create electricity.


Wikipedia: Biodiesel Comprehensive information about the origin, application and environmental effects of biodiesel.

Biodiesel Performance, Costs, and Use Report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration