U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
February 13, 2013
As part of an “all of the above” energy strategy, Greg
Walden supports bipartisan hydropower bill
overwhelmingly passes the U.S. House, streamlines
permitting process for nation’s largest renewable
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep.
Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today supported the Hydropower
Regulatory Efficiency Act, which unanimously passed the
U.S. House today.
“I was proud to be an original
cosponsor of this bipartisan, job-creating bill that’s
part of an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. Even
though 75 percent of electricity in the Pacific
Northwest already comes from hydropower and several new
projects have come online in central Oregon in recent
years, we can do more.
“The plan passed today will help
facilitate the development of new hydropower by reducing
red tape and streamlining the permitting process for new
projects. New hydropower development has the potential
to produce thousands of megawatts of affordable power
and create thousands of American jobs in the process.
I’ll continue to work across the aisle to increase the
supply of affordable energy and create good, stable
American jobs,” Rep. Walden said.
The Hydropower Regulatory
Efficiency Act (HR 267) was introduced by Reps. Cathy
McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.).
Rep. Walden was one of nine original cosponsors of the
bill and helped usher it through the Energy and Commerce
Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate. A similar
bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House last year,
but was not considered by the Senate.