Congressman Scott Tipton's (CO-03) legislation to create rural jobs and affordable electricity by streamlining the regulatory process for the development of small hydropower projects will receive a hearing in the Senate Energy and Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power on Wednesday, September 19.
The hearing begins at 9:30 AM ET in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be available via live webcast here.
"There's an opportunity to put into place a key component of the all-of-the-above energy strategy by advancing my bill to increase clean, renewable hydropower production and create needed rural jobs," Tipton said. "I'm encouraged by the Senate hearing, and look forward to testifying on the impact that this legislation would have on Western states, including Colorado, where there is great potential to expand production and generate clean and affordable hydroelectricity."
The purpose of the hearing will be to gather testimony on four water bills, including H.R. 2842, Tipton's Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act of 2012. H.R. 2842 passed the House with bipartisan support in March, and has been endorsed by the Family Farm Alliance, the National Water Resources Association, the Association of California Water Agencies and the American Public Power Association.
Additional background on hydropower:
Hydropower is the cheapest and cleanest source of electricity available through modern technology. According to the Energy Information Administration, it's the highest source of non-carbon emitting energy in the world and accounts for approximately 70% of the United States' total renewable electricity generation, making it the leading renewable energy source of power. In Colorado, nearly 30.7% of renewable energy is hydropower, but only 3.1% of all Colorado energy is hydropower. There is enough capability in Colorado's existing canals and pipelines alone to generate as much power as the Glen Canyon Dam. H.R. 2842 will facilitate some of that development.