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Low-Head Hydropower Resources and Technology Overview

The United States is rich in low-head hydropower resources. Low-head hydropower can be used to generate electricity at both large and small scales (utility-scale and direct use).

Follow the links below to learn about low-head hydropower, and how it can be used to generate electricity; the geographic distribution of low-head hydropower resources in the United States; utility-scale and distributed low-head hydropower generation; and primary components of low-head hydropower systems.

Low-head hydropower technologies composite photo. Sources: Montana DNRC, Maine DEP, Idaho National Laboratory, and NREL