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.
On Apri 23, 2021, the parties released a proposal, "Climate Change, River Conservation, Hydropower and Public Safety: An Infrastructure Proposal for the Biden Administration and Congress," which makes recommendations on spending in a federal infrastructure package and related legislation to advance both the clean energy and electricity storage benefits of hydropower and the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of healthy rivers.
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Recommendations on spending in a federal infrastructure package and related legislation on clean energy and electricity storage benefits of hydropower as well as the environmental, safety, and economic benefits of healthy rivers.
In a letter to President Biden, 40 members of Congress cited Stanford’s process to reach a joint statement between environmental and hydropower groups in requesting the inclusion of funding to retrofit, rehabilitate and remove dams in the proposed infrastructure package.
Q&A with Dan Reicher, Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment - Stanford News Service
Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams. - New York Times
After more than two years of talking, environment and industry groups say they’ll work together to address climate change. - KUOW | NPR
LeRoy Coleman, National Hydropower Association: (202) 682-1700, ext. 210, LeRoy@hydro.org
Amy Kober, American Rivers: (503) 708-1145, email@example.com
David Ellis, Energy Futures Initiative: (202) 688-0010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 497-0444, email@example.com