how much of WV electicity is produce...

how much of WV electicity is produced by hydropower?

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Charleston, WV

#1 Nov 12, 2012
we've been told that coal is the energy source of our electricity. It only seems logical that a state with rivers would have long ago harnessed the energy of the rivers to generate electricity for its residents. Seems it would be cheaper for all residents and businesses.
AEP Sucks

Bronx, NY

#2 Nov 12, 2012
Hydro is a great option! Less polluting than coal, and creates local jobs!
checkin in

Charleston, WV

#3 Nov 13, 2012
what's the name of the local advocacy group for hydropower? it's time for a change in WV. seems like our politicians would be banging down the doors in Washington D.C. to get the Army Engineering Corp to come in and take some specs for a large hydro plant. it would certainly send a message to AEP (which i think is owned by a German company)
retired n lovin it

Charleston, WV

#4 Nov 13, 2012
stopped in las vegas and visited hoover dam. talked with residents over there and their electric bills are so low. people there couldn't believe wv people are paying the electrical rates we pay here. hoover damn produces so much power that the state sells power to other states. so our great leaders need to be thinking about helping its citizens. we've got rivers and we could have hydropower and cut down on our energy costs. it would draw alot of business to wv. so let's get to talking with our representatives.
we do

United States

#5 Nov 13, 2012
We do have a hydro power plant it is in winfield wv and it does produce power but not near enough to power a small town, hydro power does work but you really have to have a massive amount of water flow and not just water flow but it has to be deep water current to turn the turbine generators to get electricity hover dam has just that right mix to make it work but in wv there is no rivers deep enough to do it, that and if you go look at the one in winfield it has 3 generators an takes up half the width of the river and it doesn't bring jobs it is controled by aep because the cost to maintain it is very high because the generators have to be rebuilt every 12 to 13 thousand hours and can cost in the upward range of 1to 3 hundred thousand dollars
old man

Charleston, WV

#6 Nov 15, 2012
wasn't summerville lake a man made lake. think there's a dam over there. does it produce any electricity? has anybody considered building a huge lake over in greenbrier near the gauley bridge with a big dam to generate electricity or maybe developing a big lake with dam on the elk river.

Princeton, WV

#7 Nov 15, 2012
There is a hyro power plant on the gauley river. It feeds power to the old elkem metals plant on rt 60. I believe it also had a steam plant there too.
movin in

Charleston, WV

#8 Nov 21, 2012
didn't Tennessee develop a huge lake to create hydro power for the state? wv could do the same thing and divert the rivers right into the lake. our electric bills would go down, we'd have clean energy, create jobs and sell the excess power to surrounding states. we got so many resources but only a limited amount of our citizens benefit. wv could be on top with so many things but we've got leaders that are afraid to take the state to a competitive place with the rest of the country.

Hurricane, WV

#9 Nov 21, 2012
Think about it for a minute. You have to dam up the rivers. That floods the area behind the dams.
Most of our towns and cities are located along rivers. Where are people going to live?

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