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Kuster, Schrier Urge Energy and Commerce Committee To Hold Hearing on Hydropower Potential

**The full letter is available HERE**

Washington, D.C. ⁠— Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) sent a letter to Frank Pallone, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, urging the E&C’s subcommittee on Energy to hold an oversight hearing this month on hydropower to learn more about the incredible potential of this clean, renewable energy source for our country.

“This Congress we have passed legislation that bolsters the electric grid, invests in renewable energy and battery storage, and deploys electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” the Members wrote. “And while we applaud this Committee’s continued focus on the clean energy transition, it is also important that we not lose sight of hydropower’s long-standing role as a clean source of baseload power.”

The Members continued, “Given the broad support for policy reforms and the significant potential of hydropower as a renewable energy resource, we respectfully urge the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy hold an oversight hearing this month on hydropower to learn more about the proposal.”

The full letter is available HERE.

Rep. Kuster’s legislation, the Twenty-First Century Dams Act, of which Rep. Schrier is an original co-sponsor, is comprehensive legislation to make a $25.8 billion investment in enhancing the safety, grid resilience benefits, and power generating capacity of America’s existing dams while also providing historic funding to remove dams that are no longer necessary.