Enjoy, Explore, and Protect the Planet Sierra Club Allegheny Group, Pennsylvania Chapter

Energy Rivers and Water

Hydroelectric Projects at Braddock, Elizabeth, and Oakmont

Braddock Locks Photo credit: Corps of Engineers

For some time we have wondered about using our rivers as partial sustainable energy alternatives to coal and gas. Now the Illinois-based company Hydro Green Energy has plans to use their proprietary technology to harness the fall in water level at locks and dams to produce electric power. The three projects in Pennsylvania are on the Mon at Elizabeth and Braddock, and on the Allegheny at Oakmont. The total capacity of the three projects is 32.5 MW, which is equivalent to 15 to 20 wind turbines. Total estimated net energy production for the three projects is 154,000 MWh/yr, enough annual power for over 14,000 homes and according to the hydro Green Energy, a carbon saving of over 195 million pounds of carbon annually.

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