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National Hydropower Association praises leaders for hydropower advocacy

The National Hydropower Association saluted officials who, at the recent Washington-Oregon Clean Energy Forum, expressed their support of hydroelectric power.

The NHA said in a recent statement that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson are among those who understand the role hydropower can play as a resource to help the country meet its energy, environmental and economic goals.

“Senator Patty Murray and Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson both noted hydropower’s potential as a clean energy resource and as an engine for job growth,” said NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci. “They understand that growing hydropower will help us address some of the country’s most pressing issues.”

Sen. Murray noted that, in the Pacific Northwest, hydropower not only has bolstered the region’s economy but also has helped it maintain lower levels of carbon emissions as compared to other parts of the nation.

Murray said hydropower is an important part of a renewable energy portfolio in the region, and she cited an NHA study that highlighted the potential of much greater hydropower usage throughout the nation.

Under Secretary Johnson also noted that hydropower has a lot of potential to expand its contributions to the country’s energy mix. Johnson added that opportunities abound in a variety of hydro technologies, including ocean and tidal systems and small hydro projects.

“NHA has done a study that has shown that, indeed, hundreds of thousands of jobs are available, and we can double the amount of hydropower in this country,” Johnson said. “This is a great opportunity for us to develop clean energy.”

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