Energy Produced by Hydro Electric Dams
The energy we use to light, heat, and cool, our homes and businesses comes from different sources. Some of these sources, like oil and natural gas, pollute our environment and are in limited supply. Clean, renewable energy, like the City-owned hydro dams generate pollution-free electricity for Nashua that is readily available. Nashua now owns two hydro dams; Jackson Mills and Mine Falls (acquired in 2017).
Hydropower generation is measured in megawatt hours (MWh). A megawatt hour is equal to 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), which is just above the average monthly amount of electricity consumption for a residence in the US-which is 900 kWh.
The average US home uses approximately 10.8 MWh of electricity every year. Therefore, Nashua could power on average 753 houses per year from hydro power.
The amount of total electricity produced per year relies heavily on rainfall and snowfall amounts which impact the amount of water running through the hydroelectric plants resulting in more or less electricity generation.
How You Can Help
Reduce Electricity Use At Home
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Conserve Water At Home
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