· Coalburning energy plants are a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to carbon monoxide and heavy metals like mercury, the use of coal releases sulfur dioxide, a harmful substance linked to acid rain.
· Below are just some of the benefits that hydropower can provide as the United States transitions to clean electricity by 2035 and netzero emissions by 2050. ADVANTAGES OF HYDROPOWER: Hydropower is a renewable source of energy. The energy generated through hydropower relies on the water cycle, which is driven by the sun, making it renewable.