Environmental Law ReSource

This post was written by Amy S. Koch

On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed into law two pieces of legislation designed to foster the development of new hydropower in the U.S. Both bills, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA) and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (Reclamation Act Amendment), were passed in both houses of Congress with significant bipartisan support.

Key findings in HREA focused on the fact that only about 3 percent of the 80,000 existing dams in the U.S. have hydropower generation, and that the legislation could create 700,000 new jobs over the next 13 years, based on a Navigant study finding that the U.S. could add approximately 60,000 MWs of new hydro capacity by 2025.

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