12 Apr '11, 7pm

Statement of NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci on Senate Markup of Hydropower Legislation

The Hydropower Improvement Act was introduced on March 17, 2011, by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) along with nine original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. In a continued show of strong bipartisanship, the bill (S. 629) passed out of committee today by voice vote. NHA thanks Senator Lisa Murkowski and Chairman Jeff Bingaman for their leadership on energy policy issues and support of the hydropower industry. Hydropower is already the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity generation and accounts for approximately 300,000 jobs. With the right policies in place, hydro can create 1.4 million more jobs and add 60,000 MW of clean energy by 2025. A second important hydropower bill, the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Promotion Act of 2011, didn’t see a vote today. The legislation, also with cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, would support marine a...

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