The history of Hydroelectric Power is discussed on "Front Page", with James Earl Jones, developed for Public Television

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A new segment will look into this clean power source...

In an upcoming installment of "Front Page", with host James Earl Jones (Star Wars), the program will discuss the long, fascinating history of hydroelectric power.

Hydropower was used by the ancient Greeks to turn large water wheels which actuated grinding stones for the processing of wheat into flour. That was over than 2,000 years ago. Since the industrial age, beginning in the 1700's, mechanical hydroelectric power saw its first use as the technology was again employed for milling and pumping. By the 1900's, hydroelectric power provided over 40% of the supply of electricity in the United States.

Hydroelectric power is the cleanest and most reliable source of energy that humankind has been able to make use of on a large scale. Because few land conquests and next to zero pollution result from this process of using moving water to drive large turbines and actuate electric generators, hydroelectric power and the facilities that provide it rarely make the news. However, many of the largest, most sophisticated, and most impressive power plants in the world are hydroelectric power plants.

Arguably the most famous hydroelectric power plant is the Hover Dam. Opened in 1933, this mighty dam and power generating station produces more than 2,000 megawatts of capacity with an annual average power generation of better than 4.5 billion kilowatt hours in order to serve the yearly electricity needs of more than 8 million residents in Arizona, California, and Nevada.

This new segment will discuss this rich history with industry professionals, and will have an introduction by host James Earl Jones.

"Front Page" is solely produced for use by Public Television stations across the U.S. It is not affiliated with or produced by APT.

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