As Part of All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy, House Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Facilitate Increased Hydropower Development

February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, H.R. 267, bipartisan legislation authored by Energy and Commerce Committee members Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO). H.R. 267 will help facilitate the development of new hydropower projects across the country by reducing red tape and streamlining the permitting process. As the United States’ largest renewable electricity source, new hydropower development has the potential to produce thousands of megawatts of affordable power and create thousands of new jobs in the process. H.R. 267 was passed with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 422 to 0.

“As we continue to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, we must remember to include our nations’ largest, cleanest, most-affordable, reliable, and renewable energy source – hydropower,” said McMorris Rodgers. “H.R. 267 streamlines the hydropower permitting process, reducing the burdens impeding developments, and getting low cost power to communities faster.”

Watch McMorris Rodgers Advocate on Behalf of Hydropower HERE

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