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Still doesn't cover the OP question, why not use less water when demand low. dunno about US hydro plants but visited some in NZ
medium sized plants they typically have 4 - 6 inlets, they can fully or jusr partially close any of these.

when consumer draw is low close the valves, and let the solar/wind run the consumer draw. rather then feed consumer draw from the dam and have wind/solar pump water uphill, (which as OP mentioned is simply way less efficient then slowing the water.)

what's next?
- build huge fans to spin the windmills on sunny windless days?
- build powerful UV lights to make solar when the wind blows at night?
- why not charge drone batteries so they can fly up and seed rain clouds above dams.


combine all these ideas (incl the water pumps) and many more to create endless ways to consume excess power rather than just turn the damm plants down!
This internet thing is amazing! Letting people use it: worst idea ever!

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