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August 2, 2013

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BCSE Statement in Response to Senate Passage of Hydro Bills

Washington, DC -- The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released the following statement from Council President Lisa Jacobson regarding last night’s vote in the United States Senate in which the Senate unanimously approved a pair of bills aimed at promoting hydropower development by streamlining the federal regulatory process for certain types of projects.

The bills, H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, now head to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. The House of Representatives completed action on the bills earlier in the year, passing them with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“We are encouraged by the Senate’s unanimous approval of the bipartisan, widely-supported hydropower bills.  Hydropower is the largest source of clean, renewable electricity generation in the United States. These bills will allow the development of additional clean, renewable hydropower on existing dams, pipes and conduits, and will help to diversify the nation’s energy resources, provide low-cost energy for Americans, and create jobs.”

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