Hydroelectric, New Projects

Hydropower legislation approved in House

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 9 approved H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, with unanimous support. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced the legislation to help facilitate the development of new hydropower projects across the country.

“Hydropower is an important component of our all-of-the-above energy strategy – it creates jobs and helps power our homes and businesses,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce said in a statement the bipartisan legislation will reduce regulatory red tape and streamline the permitting process for new projects. Hydropower currently accounts for nearly 8 percent of America’s electricity generation portfolio. The committee said estimates project new hydropower development could produce up to 60,000 MW of new hydropower capacity and create over 700,000 jobs by 2025.

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