Let's unlock hydropower to fight climate change.

Hydropower is the nation's largest source of clean and renewable electricity - today powering over 30 million homes. And it has room to grow. 

The U.S. Department of Energy newly released Hydropower Vision report finds that hydropower has the potential to increase  by nearly 50 gigawatts by 2050.

Reaching the goal of 50 GW by 2050 would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5.6 billion metric tons, more than double the nation’s energy storage capacity and save $209 billion in avoided global damages from greenhouse gas emissions.

Each megawatt of power added  would have a positive impact on the communities we serve – leading to a healthier America.  For example, 50 by 2050 means nearly 5 million fewer cases of acute respiratory symptoms and 750,000 fewer cases of childhood asthma.

Despite hydropower's clean energy benefits, it can take a hydropower project up to 10 years or more to get through the licensing process, while other emissions-emitting energy sources can be approved in a fraction of the time.

In Congress, we are close making this a reality. The energy bill (Energy Policy Modernization Act S. 2012), which contains provisions to bring the process into the 21st century, is currently being debated by a Congressional Conference Committee. However, to get this bill signed into law we need your voice. We encourage you to reach out to your member of Congress and encourage them to unlockhydro.

We shouldn’t be satisfied with a government process that stifles our most important renewable energy resource.

Click the TAKE ACTION button and tell Congress to modernize hydropower's licensing process. 

 

The Potential of Hydropower

The U.S. Department of Energy newly released Hydropower Vision report finds that hydropower has the potential to increase  by nearly 50 gigawatts by 2050.

 

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Modernizing the licensing process to unlockhydro is good public policy that will help the nation fight climate change. Contrary to the misinformation being disseminated by some, neither of bipartisan modernization bills weakens or eliminates the authority of federal and state resource agencies to require hydropower operators to mitigate the effects of their projects. The legislation is designed to protect states’ rights and environmental values. We want you to have the facts.  So we’ve put together a deep-dive analysis into the legislation to correct the record. Click the button to learn more...