Director of Energy Research & Analysis, Climate & Energy Program Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
In October 2020, a Joint Statement of Collaboration on Hydropower was unveiled by the National Hydropower Association and river and environmental communities, including American Rivers, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the World Wildlife Fund. The Joint Statement recognizes hydropower as a renewable energy resource that is essential to any climate solution.
As part of the statement, the groups agreed to work together to identify and implement specific action items that will: • Improve federal hydropower licensing, relicensing, and license surrender processes • Improve the measurement, valuation and compensation for hydropower flexibility and reliability services, as well as the support for enhanced environmental performance • Advocate for improved U.S. dam safety • Accelerate development of hydropower technologies and practices to improve generation efficiency, environmental performance, and solar and wind integration • Increase Basin-Scale Decision-Making and Access to River-Related Data • Advance Effective River Restoration through Improved Off-Site Mitigation Strategies • Advocate for Increased Funding for U.S. Dam Rehabilitation, Retrofits and Removals
Panelists share their perspectives on why collaboration is vital and their vision for the role of hydropower in advancing climate and conservation goals.