Chu Pledges to Push Hydropower

24/09/2009 at 11:17 pm Leave a comment

Chu pledges to push hydropower

Hydropower capacity in the United States could be doubled with minimal impact to the environment, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said during a recent White House forum in Pennsylvania.

Hydropower accounts for 6 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption and nearly 75 percent of renewable power, according to the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy. But just 3 percent of the nation’s more than 82,000 dams generate electricity.

Hydropower is “astoundingly efficient,” Chu said. “It’s an incredible opportunity and it’s actually the lowest cost clean energy option.”

Mark Garner, chief executive officer of Voith Hydro, said hydropower plants generate 98,000 megawatts of electricity and support about 300,000 jobs in the United States.

“Hydro works,” Garner said. “It’s a clean and renewable source of green energy that makes sense from both economic and energy demand perspectives.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said a major expansion of U.S. hydropower capacity is long overdue.

“The advances in the technology are so good,” Rendell said. “Given the water ways in this country, we are sorely under using one of the cleanest sources of energy on the Earth.”

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2009/09/chu-pledges-to-push-hydropower

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