Low Impact Hydropower in Pennsylvania

As the U.S. moves toward a fully decarbonized electric grid, there is a growing need to utilize all carbon-free assets available. The decarbonization of the grid will look different, based on geographic and resource advantages. Pennsylvania, one of the largest electric-generating states in the U.S. has a unique opportunity to leverage all the resources at its disposal to lead the country in a truly diversified approach to deep decarbonization.

Currently in the US, there are roughly 90,000 dams. Only about 3% of these structures are used to generate power. Across much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, dams were constructed decades ago for navigation and flood control. These infrastructure assets are in a new moment in their long history - serving as a cost-competitive renewable energy backbone for the future decarbonized grid. Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region are at the forefront of the new low-impact hydropower movement across the country.

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About Rye Development

Rye Development is a leading developer of new low impact hydropowered energy generation and energy storage in the United States. With a pipeline of 25 projects across the U.S., Rye is committed to the responsible development of untapped hydropower resources while maintaining rivers’ balance of environmental and commercial requirements. In conjunction with financing partner, Climate Adaptive Infrastructure Fund, Rye brings communities around the country substantial infrastructure, job creation, and a local source of renewable, non-consumptive energy.

Rye Development is committed to a climate solution and conservation. To rapidly and substantially decarbonize the nation’s electricity system, Rye Development recognizes the role that U.S. hydropower plays as an important renewable energy resource. At the same time, our nation’s waterways, and the biodiversity and ecosystem services they sustain, are vulnerable to the compounding factors of a changing climate, habitat loss, and alteration of river processes. Our commitment is to facilitate hydropower’s role in a clean energy future in a way that also supports healthy rivers.