Hydroelectric Energy

Running on Water

Hydropower plants use the hydrologic cycle to convert potential energy from flowing water into electrical energy. In addition to being environmentally conscious and sustainable, hydropower is able to accommodate rapid changes in demand more swiftly than coal or natural gas, making it a flexible generation source. It also works in conjunction with other renewable resources, such as wind power.

At Berkshire Hathaway Energy, we’re committed to developing hydro projects whenever possible. For example, in Hawaii’s Wailuku hydroelectric facility, BHE Hydro has the capacity to produce up to 10 megawatts of cost-effective, reliable, noncarbon energy. BHE Renewables’ Casecnan project – a hydroelectric facility located in the Philippines – uses nonpolluting, renewable, indigenous hydroelectric sources both to generate energy and for agricultural purposes.

Renewable Generation*
Hydroelectric Energy Generation

Powering Hawaii

At BHE Hydro’s Wailuku run-of-river hydro project, a massive 60-inch pipeline located 2,000 feet above sea level carries water nearly three miles, transporting it from the Wailuku River diversion all the way to the powerhouse.

Powering the West

PacifiCorp delivers hydroelectric energy to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah and Montana. With approximately 1,500 megawatts of owned and contracted generation capacity from hydro resources, PacifiCorp’s energy is used to power households and businesses across the West.

Delivering Hydroelectric Energy

Hydroelectric Virtual Tour

Learn how hydroelectric power plants take advantage of a naturally occurring, continuous process that involves the cycling of water through the environment, known as the hydrologic cycle.

*Owned and contracted MW as of December 31, 2016.