Congressman Griffith Talks Hydropower on the House Floor

GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR GRIFFITH

THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED MR GRIFFITH: THANK YOU, MR SPEAKER HYDROPOWER IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY

WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND RENEWABLE HYDROPOWER PRODUCTION HOWEVER, WITHOUT SO MUCH-NEEDED LICENSING IMPROVEMENTS, WE RISK LOSING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW HYDROPOWER INFRASTRUCTURE IN PARTICULAR, CLOSED LOOP PUMP HYDRO PROJECT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STORE ENERGY FOR USE WHEN IT IS NEEDED I INTRODUCED HR

2880 WITH THE GOAL OF MAKING THE REVIEW PROCESS OF THESE PROJECTS AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE BOTH HOUSE RESOLUTION 3043 AND HR 2880 WILL ALLOW THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO IMPOSE LICENSING CONDITIONS ONLY AS NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY OR THAT ARE REASONABLE, ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE AND ESSENTIAL TO PROTECT FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY SOME ARE EXPLORING TO BUILD THESE FACILITIES IN ABANDONED LAND MINES

THIS COULD BE A REAL BENEFIT TO OUR COAL FIELD REGIONS IN CENTRAL APPALACHIAN, MR SPEAKER, IN THE FORMS OF JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENERGY SECURITY AND I AM PROUD OF WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN INDUSTRY AND LABOR GROUPS ALIKE SUPPORT HR 3043 BECAUSE OF A MODERN REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR HYDRO IS GOOD FOR JOBS AND GOOD FOR CONSUMERS

THE FOLLOWING GROUPS HAVE WRITTEN IN SUPPORT, AMONG WITH OTHERS, OF THE BILL — THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON RENEWABLE ENERGY, THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS, THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS, THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL, AND MANY OTHERS MR CHAIRMAN, I ASK THIS LETTER BE SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, THAT IT INCLUDES THESE NAMES THE CHAIR: WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT SHALL BE DONE MR

UPTON: CAN I ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES?

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