Hydropower as a Renewable Energy Source
Hydropower, generated mainly from hydroelectric dams, is a clean, renewable, non-emitting source of energy that provides low-cost electricity and helps reduce carbon emissions. U.S. hydroelectric generation is the second largest in the world, providing 7% of domestic electricity production and much larger percentages in the western states. It is more efficient than any other form of electricity generation and offsets more carbon emissions than all other renewable energy sources combined.
Republicans in Congress support expanding the use of hydropower and it is an essential part of an all-of-the-above energy approach to improve the environment and meet our country’s energy needs. Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee are also working to make all hydropower officially recognized as a renewable energy source by any legal or regulatory standard established by the federal government.
Get the Facts:
Natural Resources Committee Jobs Watch - Rep. Tipton, Video Blog (October 24, 2011)
Rep. McClintock Highlights Hydropower, House Floor (October 22, 2009)
Rep. Hastings' Amendment to Expand the Use of Clean, Renewable Hydropower, House Floor (July 15, 2009)