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Posted: May 24, 2014 12:22 PM

Updated: May 24, 2014 12:22 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Hydroelectric power in Texas has all but dried up as the state's drought continues.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1p4V7Uy ) the amount of hydropower generated across Texas dropped 24 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Only a fraction of the state's energy needs come from hydroelectricity but the downturn is yet another consequence of the drought.

Lyndon B. Johnson as a young congressman worked to establish the series of dams that delivered hydropower to Texas' Hill Country.

Half a century ago the Lower Colorado River Authority's hydroelectric capacity made up about half of its overall generating capacity. Vice president for water operations Ryan Rowney says now it's a mere 5 percent.

Currently the Central Texas river authority only releases water for fish and wildlife and some mandated irrigation needs.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

Topics: Hydropower-Drought

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