30 Apr '17, 5pm

Hydropower is not 'clean, green energy' if it needs to roll back environmental protections.

Increase efficiency at existing hydropower dams: Most of our nation’s hydropower dams were built 50, 75, even more than 100 years ago. Many of these dams use antiquated, inefficient generating equipment. Dam owners should be required to bring their plants up to modern standards in order to ensure that they are generating the maximum amount of power from every drop of water that they use. Consider adding hydropower capacity to existing dams: There are more than 90,000 dams in the United States, and only a fraction of those dams have hydropower capacity. Adding hydropower to dams in good repair that are still serving another useful purpose is appropriate if it can be done without further degrading the local environment that is already compromised by the existence of the dam Uphold environmental safeguards: If a hydropower dam can’t be operated economically while meeting mode...

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