President Obama Signs Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ bipartisan Hydropower Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The legislation speeds development of small hydropower projects throughout the country. McMorris Rodgers released the following statement.
“I am honored that President Obama signed this important piece of legislation. In Eastern Washington, hydropower plays a pivotal role – whether it’s conventional, small, or conduit hydro – it provides 75 percent of electricity to the Pacific Northwest and represents a unique opportunity for job creation and energy production.”
“Hydropower is clean, reliable, renewable and affordable. Unleashing American ingenuity to increase its production will lower energy costs and help create thousands of jobs. The future of American energy independence depends on the development of an ‘all of the above’ energy approach – in which hydro must play a crucial role. This new law will create jobs and bolster America’s competitiveness in the energy sector.”
The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.