There is much speculation as to whether the plans to build a hydropower project on the Colorado River will not affect the general view of the surrounding area. On are days, the flowing river does not cease to amaze as it casts a one of a kind turquoise display. However, the building of the twin hydropower plants along the river can reduce this. Environmental experts expect that the dams will change the colour and flow of water and possibly flood out a Hopi cultural site. 

The proposed plan is still environment-friendly for off. For it to go through, it would need to be approved by the neighbouring Navajo Nation, though its leaders are still sceptical about it. The project seemingly has a lot of challenges to overcome, which include battling with unpredictable river flows, and out of bounds humpback chub, and is located in a remote area. The company will have to incur costs of building transmission lines to the site. Despite there being many alternatives and proposals, this current project is unique due to the rivers aesthetic beauty.

Today’s energy market structure helps shed light on why hydropower projects are appealing. In the existing market space, renewable sources try to match their power supply to regular trends in demand. This leads to a bottleneck of renewable energy. 

Should the US want to achieve global climate goals, there would be a massive need to move past its dependence on fossil fuels. However, this phenomenon, in recent realisation, scientists uncovered real environmental effects of hydropower to be destructive to afar and harmful to water-dependent ecosystems. Their indulgence offers a neighbouring scenario, to knowingly destroy water systems while preserving environmental degradation from fossil fuel combustion. These phenomena, in a recent academic paper as a” green vs green trade-off. “

Despite there being other fully Sources, each has its quirks. This includes solar power’s inability to function at night, and wind power being inconsistent over a long time. These are ineffective as most power consumption occurs at night. In a bid to meet demand for regular, gas plants are forced to operate on an existing full-time basis. With this in place, gas solar and wind power plants are not able to be accommodated on the power grid, thus lengthening the use of fossil fuels.

The capability to put away excess power from wind and solar power would be a solution to the current problem. 

This post was originally published on The Picayune Current