In terms of money, it’s probably one of the cheaper sources actually since it is the leading source of alternative electric energy worldwide. To harness hydro power on an industrial level a damn, plant, and a transmission system must be built, but the cost of this combined with the amount of energy rendered would be less than say solar power, wind, and nuclear and the consumer ultimately ends up paying less for hydro generated electricity than these other alternatives. However hydroelectricity (though this can be argued for many alternative energy sources) has an environmental cost, destroying natural habitats and biodiversity. Where I live in southern Chile, hydroelectricity is specifically a very sensitive issue. because many residents do not believe it is worth the environmental impact.
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