RENEWABLE ENERGY: DOE-backed hydro group launches to cut CO2, Alternative Energy Today

RENEWABLE ENERGY: DOE-backed hydro group launches to cut CO2

RENEWABLE ENERGY: DOE-backed hydro group launches to cut CO2, Alternative Energy Today

Hartwell dam. Photo credit: Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr

A new coalition is aiming to rejuvenate growth in hydropower generation, emphasizing it as a key tool for decarbonization. The Hartwell Dam in Georgia is pictured. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr

Clarification appended.

Hydropower developers, conservationists and former energy officials announced a major collaboration yesterday to burnish hydro’s credibility as a “renewable” resource and expand its role in fighting climate change.

It may also morph into an advocacy coalition with lobbying muscle.

How much new hydropower?

On paper, the hydropower industry has room for growth as a generation resource, even without building new dams.

But much will depend on federal lawmakers, tax appropriators and the White House’s next occupant, he added.

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