hydroelectric power water use

What is hydroelectric power water use?

hydroelectric power water use meaning the use of water in the generation of electricity at plants where the turbine generators are driven by moving water. Hydroelectric water use is most commonly an instream use. Hydroelectric power water use was referred to as water power from 1950-1960.

  • 1950-1960: Water Power
  • 1965-1995: Hydroelectric Power
  • 2000 and later: Hydroelectric Power category not estimated nationally


reference: USGS – Water Use Terminology