Hydroelectricity & Power Generation
- Based on the Annual Report of the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database, May, 2013 Issue No. 21, 96% of water withdrawn from the Great Lakes is used for hydroelectricity (Great Lakes Commission).
- The productivity of hydroelectricity is largely dependent on the physical landscape at the site of the plant and regional weather patterns (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
- As of 2011, over 580 power generating facilities are operating in the Great Lakes Basin – including nuclear, thermoelectric, hydroelectric and wind (Pollution Probe, Energy: Wind, Water and Electricity Generation, 2013).