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U.S. Hydropower: Climate Solution and Conservation Challenge

U.S. Hydropower

Climate Solution & Conservation Challenge

U.S. Environmental Community and Hydropower Industry Issue Joint Statement of Collaboration

This page includes information related to an agreement between the U.S. hydropower industry and environmental and conservation organizations that is the product of a two-and-a-half year dialogue entitled “Hydropower: Climate Solution and Conservation Challenge.” The “Joint Statement of Collaboration” is the result of a diverse range of organizations, companies, government agencies and universities committed to charting hydropower’s role in a U.S. clean energy future in a way that also supports healthy rivers.  To rapidly and substantially decarbonize the nation’s electricity system, the parties to the Joint Statement recognize the role that U.S. hydropower plays as an important renewable energy resource and for integrating variable solar and wind power into the U.S. electric grid.  At the same time, our nation’s waterways, and the biodiversity and ecosystem services they sustain, are vulnerable to the compounding factors of a changing climate, habitat loss and alteration of river processes. The parties have identified seven areas for joint collaboration. Over the next 60 days, the parties have agreed to invite other key stakeholders, including tribal governments and state officials, to join the collaboration, and to address implementation priorities, decision-making, timetables, and resources.

The Joint Statement was developed under a Stanford Uncommon Dialogue co-convened by Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and the Energy Futures Initiative.

For more information, see links below. Scroll further for contact information.

Niagara Falls

Q&A with Dan Reicher, Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  - Stanford News Service

Hoover Dam

Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams. - New York Times

Contacts Regarding the Joint Statement of Collaboration

Dan Reicher, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment:

Jeanette Pablo, Energy Futures Initiative:

Media Contacts

LeRoy Coleman, National Hydropower Association: (202) 682-1700, ext. 210,

Amy Kober, American Rivers: (503) 708-1145,

David Ellis, Energy Futures Initiative: (202) 688-0010,

Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 497-0444,