WASHINGTON, D.C. 3/19/12 (PennWell) -- Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has introduced a resolution that urges Congress to recognize hydroelectric power as a renewable energy source.
Herrera Beutler (R-WA), co-founder of the U.S. House Energy Action Team (HEAT), filed the bipartisan resolution with the co-sponsorship of democrats Rick Larsen and Norm Dicks, alongside Republicans Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris Rodgers -- all of Washington.
The resolution reads:
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that hydroelectric power is the most abundant source of clean, renewable energy in the United States and should be fully utilized in the Nation's pursuit of energy independence and affordable energy for all people of the United States.
The proposal is primarily symbolic, meaning hydroelectricity would receive no tax incentives or additional financial support should the resolution be adopted.
"Hydropower is one of the most valuable assets to Washington state's economy," Herrera Beutler says. "It must be a centerpiece of our energy policy as we plan for the future."
Several other hydropower-related proposals have been submitted to the house recently as well, including a bill that removes NEPA compliance from some small hydro projects and a renewable energy tax credit extension.