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Microhydro for Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone National Park, is located in the USA, more precisely in the extreme north-western sector of the states of Wyoming. Nature lovers cannot miss a journey to discover the national park of Yellowstone, in fact, this is one of the largest ecosystems intact of the area between the Tropic and the Polar Circle without considering that Yellostone it is the oldest national park in the world, founded in 1872 and declared heritage UNESCE in 1978.

Sure one vacation in the Yellostone National Park it is not cheap, just for the flight, in June, you will have to pay about 750 euros for the round trip, Rome-Jacson.

The Yellowstone National Parkhas recently been at the center of numerous environmental issues. The reason? The opening of a hydroelectric power plant near the park. An agreement has finally been found that excludes all forms of negative impact on the world heritage that makes up the Park.

It is a small one hydroelectric power plant of the microhydro project, which became operational last December. The power plant is small in size and uses the treated water to be used by the village of Mammoth Hot Springs, its hotels, its accommodations and its restaurants.

The power station hydroelectric it is capable of producing a maximum of 240 kilowatts of power but, making the relative estimates, we are talking about an average capacity of 175 kilowatts. This means that within a year, Yellowstone will be able to count on approximately 1.2 million kilowatt-hours clean energy. Not only an environmental gain but above all an economic one: this intervention will do save 73 thousand dollars a year in electricity bill.

As for maintenance, according to the Billings Gazette, an employee of the park would spend only a couple of minutes a day to carry out the necessary checks, the total operating costs should amount to less than $ 5,000 a year, just over $ 400 a month. There environmental reward amounts to one reduction of harmful emissions of about 800 tons per year. Often thehydroelectric energy is associated with a negative impact on local fauna, especially for aquatic species, but this is not the case withhydroelectric plant of Yellostone. The power station microhydro was strongly desired by Yellowstone to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions.