Senate moves on Tipton’s hydropower bill
October 1, 2012
“Canals and pipelines in the State, if developed, can generate as much power as the Glen Canyon Dam — enough emissions-free power for a million homes.”
— Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo.
Last month the Senate Energy and Resources subcommittee on water and power held a legislative hearing bringing small hydropower development one step closer to reality.
H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act, is being carried by Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo.
The bill passed in March in the U.S. House of Representatives and has been endorsed by the Family Farm Alliance, the National Water Resources Association, the Association of California Water Agencies and the American Public Power Association.
If passed by committee, and later by a full Senate, H.R. 2842 would streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower development.
"Today's hearing was a major step toward advancing the production of affordable and renewable hydropower in this country, and creating needed rural jobs," Tipton said in a news release. "I'm encouraged by the momentum that this common sense clean energy legislation has in the senate, and we are moving closer to establishing a key piece of an all of the above American energy solution."
During the hearing Tipton told the senate subcommittee on water and power:
"Hydropower is the cheapest and cleanest source of electricity available through modern technology. According to the Energy Information Administration, it's the highest source of non-carbon emitting energy in the world and accounts for approximately 70% of the United States' total renewable electricity generation, making it the leading renewable energy source of power.
"Canals and pipelines in the State, if developed, can generate as much power as the Glen Canyon Dam — enough emissions-free power for a million homes.
"What's stopping this low-hanging fruit from being picked? We are by allowing the federal regulatory framework to stifle development and entrepreneurial spirit.
"For this reason, I introduced my bipartisan legislation, The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act."