U.S. Reps. Kuster & Casten Send Letter to Biden Administration Urging Funding for Hydropower and River Conservation
Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2021) – Recognizing hydropower as a climate solution, U.S. House of Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) led 38 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden and Cabinet members urging the inclusion of funding to retrofit, rehabilitate, and remove dams, as outlined in the Stanford University uncommon dialogue, in the next infrastructure package.
In the letter, Representatives called for “funding, tax incentives, and other federal support for the rehabilitation, retrofit, and removal of the nation’s 90,000 dams in your forthcoming infrastructure package and related proposals, you can help improve public safety, increase free-flowing rivers, expand low-carbon generation, and create jobs. We strongly urge you to pursue this course and look forward to working in partnership with you to secure America’s clean energy future.”
Click here to view the letter.
“We applaud the leadership of Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Sean Casten (IL-06) for recognizing that hydropower is an essential climate solution,” said Malcolm Woolf, CEO & President of the National Hydropower Association. “Congress and the Biden Administration have an opportunity to preserve and expand the 100 GW of existing carbon-free hydropower and pumped storage with tax incentives to spur investments in dam safety, environmental improvements, and grid flexibility. Equally important, by investing in the existing federal hydropower fleet, we can accelerate our clean energy future while creating well-paying jobs.”
Click here to read Rep. Kuster’s press release.