NHA Statement on House E&C CLEAN Future Act Proposal

NHA Statement on House E&C CLEAN Future Act Discussion Draft

Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2020) – The following is a statement from Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO of the National Hydropower Association the release of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce CLEAN Future Act Discussion Draft:

“The Clean Future Act proposal recognizes that hydropower is an essential part of any climate solution, and we applaud the House Committee for including hydropower in its discussion draft. Hydropower, including pumped storage, currently provides 7% of U.S. electricity generation. With 30% of the U.S. hydropower fleet up for license renewal by 2030 and significant opportunities for pumped storage, upgrades of operating facilities, and new generation at existing dams, we also appreciate the Committee’s recognition that license reform is a necessary prerequisite towards development of a carbon-free grid that is reliable, affordable and secure. We look forward to working with both sides of the aisle to modernize federal regulation and licensing of hydropower that will protect these essential sources of carbon-free electricity and unleash the significant potential for new, environmentally responsible hydropower resources as the bill works its way through the Committee process.”