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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

After more than two years of talking, environment and industry groups say they’ll work together to address climate change. - KUOW | NPR

River

Message from William Robert (Bob) Irvin, President of American Rivers, on new agreement.

Uncommon Dialogue graphic

Message from Malcolm Woolf, President and CEO of the National Hydropower Association, on new agreement.

Dam and water

The American Wind Energy Association issued a statement on the new agreement. - REVE

Historic agreement between dam owners, environmentalists shows groups can reach an understanding with most vocal of foes - CEO Update

Snake river

Joint statement proposes collaboration to address climate change and conservation - The National Law Review

Mavens Notebook

In national water news today, Stanford’s Dan Reicher on new agreement on U.S. hydropower and river conservation. - Mavens Notebook

Contacts Regarding the Joint Statement of Collaboration

Dan Reicher, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: dreicher@stanford.edu

Jeanette Pablo, Energy Futures Initiative: jmpablo@energyfuturesinitiative.org

Media Contacts

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

Amy Kober, American Rivers: (503) 708-1145, akober@americanrivers.org

David Ellis, Energy Futures Initiative: (202) 688-0010, ddellis@energyfuturesinitiative.org

Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: (650) 497-0444, devonr@stanford.edu