Bringing Hydropower Into the 21st Century

ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL THE CHAIR: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED

MR LAMBORN: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HYDROPOWER MODERN DAYS ACT OF 2017, SPONSORED BY OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, MRS MCMORRIS RODGERS, IT SIMPLY LOOKS TO BRING HYDROPOWER INTO THE 21ST RENTRY BY IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, AND ALSO REDUCING FEDERAL DUPLICATION HYDROPOWER IS A RELIABLE AND EMISSIONS FREE SOURCE OF ELECTRICITY THAT ACCOUNTS FOR MUCH OF THE NATION'S TOTAL RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATION

BUT IN FACT ONLY 3% OF EXISTING DAMS IN THE UNITED STATES PRODUCE HYDROELECTRICITY THIS ILLUSTRATES THE VAST OPPORTUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY FOR NEW HYDROPOWER GENERATION IN THE WATER POWER AND OCEAN SUBCOMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, WHICH I CHAIR, WE HAVE SPENT MUCH OF THIS CONGRESS CRAFTING AND ADVANCING LEGISLATION TO CAPITALIZE ON THESE OPPORTUNITIES LEGISLATION SUCH AS MY BILL, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION PUMP STORAGE HYDROPOWER ACT, IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE PUMPED STORAGE HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AT EXISTING RECLAMATION FACILITIES MRS

MCMORRIS RODGERS BILL IN FROVENT US GOES HAND IN HAND TO THESE EFFORTS EVEN OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE AGREE WITH OUR FACILITIES MRS MCMORRIS RODGERS BILL IN E AT A MAY OVERSIGHT HEARING IN MY SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CHALLENGES FACING HYDROPOWER, COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS HELPFULLY SUGGESTED WE SHOULD FIND WAYS TO RETROFIT ALL NONPOWERED FEDERAL FACILITIES WITH HYDROPOWER WE SHOULD ALL AGREE THAT IMPROVING THE PERMITTING AND APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THESE FACILITIES WOULD BE THE EASIEST WAY TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL

I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN MCMORRIS RODGERS AGAIN FOR SPONSORING THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION SHE HAS AND CONTINUES TO BE A CHAMPION SUPPORTER OF HYDROPOWER JUST LAST MONTH MY SUBCOMMITTEE CONSIDERED ANOTHER BILL AUTHORED BY THE CONGRESSWOMAN, HR 3144, THAT LOOKS TO PROVIDE CERTAINTY AND RELIABILITY TO SEVERAL CONSIDERED HYDROPOWER PROJECTS PRODUCING ELECTRICITY IN THE FEDERAL COLUMBIA RIVER POWER SYSTEM THAT HAD BEEN MIRED IN THIRD PARTY LIT GATION, QUESTIONABLE AND EXPENSIVE JUDICIAL AND ONEROUS IT FEDERAL REGULATIONS

THANK YOU, I

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