Hydropower Vision – U.S. Department of Energy

Hydropower Vision – U.S. Department of Energy


Linda Church Ciocci:
Hydropower is woven in the very fabric of our nation. It is our largest source of renewable
energy, provides the backbone of our electric system, has an incredible history. What’s
wonderful about the report is that it acknowledges and recognizes the value that hydropower has
brought to our system, as well as the important role that it can play in the future. David Moller:
The report, for the first time, paints the big picture of U.S. hydropower — it’s past,
its present, and its future. Debbie Mursch:
I think the really impressive thing is that anybody that touches hydropower was at the
table. For example � industry and the NGOs and manufacturers and the generators. So,
in that perspective, it’s kind of an all-encompassing view, which I think is really unique. Herbie Johnson:
The report hits on the importance on hydro assets unique to the communities that they’re
located. It means better jobs, a stronger tax base, better community facilities. Gia D. Schneider:
The future of hydropower, I think, will be a combination of new applications, of conventional
technology � such as some of the real exciting developments around closing the pump storage
projects, along with deployment of new technologies that are able to harness utility scale power
from very disperse, distributed resource potential. Debbie Mursch:
I think the future will start utilizing some of these 80,000 dams that we’ve got in this
country with all the infrastructure already built. Herbie Johnson:
Valuation of ancillary benefits � both in our ever-changing future and current markets
� is a critical aspect. Gia D. Schneider:
If we’re going to meet our climate change goals to de-carbonize our grid, we need new
a base. We need more energy solutions. And the Hydropower Vision report gives us an initial
roadmap as to how we might achieve that. Linda Church Ciocci:
The other thing that I absolutely love about this report is that it clearly shows that
the growth of our system and our future clearly rests in our own hands. We, collectively,
have the opportunity to take � with commitment and working together � this opportunity
and make it happen. David Moller:
It needs to be right up there in public thinking with wind and solar. Debbie Mursch:
As a country, we finally get it, and that as an industry, we’re finally finding our
voice. Linda Church Ciocci:
The fact is; hydropower is a solution. And we, as a nation, need to come together to
ensure that we are moving forward with an agenda that sees the group and the development
of this potential.

One thought on “Hydropower Vision – U.S. Department of Energy

  1. Hydropower is in a way the best energy source there is for electricity production. Unlike wind and solar it is available 24/7 all year around. And a big upside compared to nuclear is that hydropower is throttable, which is even more important now with all the new unevenly produced (intermittent) solar and wind energy.

    The largest downsides for hydropower are of course that the dam has to drown land area, plus the changing impact on the local environment. But I think that if you build "fish stairs", ways for the fish to go upstream, then hydropower is environmentally friendly enough and a very good source of energy.

    Hydropower, atleast where I live, is also by far the cheapest source of energy.

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