As 2022 gets started in earnest, the U.S. Senate is putting a spotlight on hydropower.
Tomorrow, January 11, 2022, the Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is holding a rare hearing to examine the opportunities and challenges for maintaining existing hydropower capacity, expanding hydropower at non-powered dams, and increasing pumped storage hydropower.
Testifying will be:
- Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO, National Hydropower Association (NHA)
- Jennifer Garson, Acting Director of the Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- The Honorable Camille Touton, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Energy
- Scott Corwin, Executive Director, Northwest Public Power Association
“The way the hearing is framed illustrates that the committee understands the importance of preserving and expanding hydro and pumped storage,” says Woolf. “We look forward to sharing our view that hydropower is an essential part of a clean, reliable, and affordable 21st Century grid.”
Woolf is expected to testify about why baseload renewable electricity by the existing U.S. hydropower fleet is at risk and what Congress can do about it. He is also expected to share details of how Stanford University’s “Uncommon Dialogue” process has created a historic new opportunity for bipartisanship solutions to accelerate the rehabilitation, retrofit, and removal (the “3Rs”) of our nation’s more than 90,000 dams (of which fewer than 3% are powered).
The hearing begins tomorrow, January 11, at 10:00am ET. /7:00am PT. To view the live webcast of the hearing, click on this link: https://www.energy.senate.gov/live-webcast
More details on the hearing can be found on the Committee’s website: