Hydroelectricity harnessing the power of water powered up a stem approach to energy sources jonathan bard on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers moving water is one of the most incredible forces on earth just think of the power behind a tsunami or waterfall harnessing the power of water is nothing new. Washingtons energy the state of washington is the largest consumer of hydroelectric power in the united states the state used almost 58 million watts of hydroelectricity in 2009 more than double the next largest state consumer oregon. Hydropower uses a fuel water that is not reduced or used up in the process because the water cycle is an endless constantly recharging system hydropower is considered a renewable energy when flowing water is captured and turned into electricity it is called hydroelectric power or hydropower. Harnessing the motion of water to power machines and mechanical processes i s one of th e oldest methods of power generation currently in use today there are thousands of hydropower plants in the united states providing a notable percentage of the countrys electricity supply
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