Practical Engineering’s Grady Hillhouse takes a tour of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Aquatic Research Laboratory in Richland, Washington, to learn about efforts to help fish safely pass hydropower facilities.

Hydropower plays an essential role in supporting the reliability of America’s electrical grid. Not only is hydropower widely available and relatively inexpensive, but it’s also one of few renewable resources that can be used to provide energy storage and rapid-response electricity generation during periods of fluctuating energy demands, providing critical services that support bringing more solar and wind energy online. In the years to come, this versatility and reliability will only grow in importance, as will the need to ensure sustainable operations at hydropower facilities. Read the full article, and watch a video, on

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