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Hydro Power

Hydropower is derived from moving water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. There are several types of hydroelectric facilities; they are all powered by the kinetic energy of flowing water as it moves downstream. Turbines and generators convert the energy into electricity, which is then fed into the electrical grid to be used in homes, businesses, and by industry. Prior to the widespread availability of commercial electric power, hydropower was used for irrigation, and operation of various machines, such as water mills, textile machines, sawmills, dock cranes, and domestic lifts.