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