chief joseph dam

Hydropower, like that generated at Chief Joseph Dam, is a mainstay for eastern Washington's economy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eastern Washington’s two U.S. House members have introduced the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act.

U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District say the proposal would expand clean, renewable, reliable and affordable hydropower production, and promote innovation of the next generation of hydroelectric technology.

“Central Washington is heavily dependent on hydropower and the hydroelectric dams that provide countless benefits to our region,” said Newhouse. “Supporting and promoting hydropower as a clean, renewable and reliable source of energy is exactly what we should be doing as we move toward a clean energy future.

“Our local scientists and researchers have demonstrated that – through innovation and responsible use – we can continue to improve upon our technologies and create an even greater future for hydroelectric technology.”

The two said the act would expand hydropower production, modernize the licensing process, promote next generation hydropower and reduce market barriers.

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