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Hydro Power Case Ext Cards

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NEW HYDROPOWER FUNDING IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Bruce Howard, Director, Environmental Affairs Avista Corporation., “EXPLORINGHYDROPOWER’S ROLE AS A CONTINUED SOURCE OF CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGYFOR THE FUTURE”, June 12, 2008. Transcript of Hearing at the House of Reps,Accessed: June 24, 2008, http://nwriverpartners.org/documents/testimony_howard-Avista-6-12-08.pdf 
Federal support for hydropower research and development
(R&D)
has beenminimal to non-existent for many year
s.
 This needs to change if we are to tapthe full potential for the use of new technology at conventional hydropowerfacilities, as well as the many benefits that can be obtained from the newhydrokinetic technologies
.
New R&D investments in hydropower areessential
. Congress took an important first step in support of hydropower R&D byappropriating $10 million in FY 2008. Avista strongly supports NHA’s efforts toexpand this funding to $54 million in FY 2009.
Hydropower needs a vigorous andwell-funded federal energy R&D program in order to achieve its full potential.
 
ALL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR HYDROPOWER IS CUT.
Mark Clayton, Staff writer.“US to cut funds for two renewable energy sources”.Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2006. LexisBut renewable energy advocates may have to kiss goodbye those and otherresearch projects.
 The US
Department of Energy (
DOE
)
is quitting thehydropower and geothermal power research business
- if Congress will let it.
Declaring them "mature technologies" that need no further funding
,
the Bushadministration in its FY 2007 budget request eliminates hydropower
andgeothermal research, venerable programs with roots in the energy crises of the1970s."What we do well is research and funding of new, novel technologies," says CraigStevens, chief spokesman for the DOE. "From a policy perspective, geothermal andhydro are mature technologies. We believe the market can take the lead on this atthis point."Still, "zeroing out" such research could end up being a penny-wise, pound-foolishmove, some energy advocates say. Any savings from the cuts would be nil since allof the nearly $24 million ($1 million from hydropower and $23 million fromgeothermal) research funding would go to other programs such as biofuels.
"I'm just astonished the department would zero out these very small existingbudgets for
geothermal and
hydro - it makes no sense at all," says
V. John
White
, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, an environmental group based in Sacramento, Calif. "These are veryimportant resources for our energy future that could replace the need for a lot of coal-fired power plants."
 
HYDROPOWER IS EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE IN SOLVINGEMISSIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, AND BENEFIT ALLPEOPLES.
Ian C. Porte, the World Bank Country Director for Lao PDR and Thailand.
The Nation Thailand.“Sustainable hydropower benefits all”. September 7, 2007. Lexis
Hydropower
, for example,
can be one of the most efficient and cost-effectiveways to generate renewable energy; it does not produce the same harmfulemissions as fossil fuels
, such as natural gas, oil or coal
. It can also reduce theimpacts of catastrophic events such as floods and drought.
In this way, hydroshows it can be globally beneficial.If soundly implemented,
hydropower projectscan also improve environmental management while mitigating impacts, andcan help improve the living standards of the local people
. Hydro can thusbenefit local communities. Moreover
, sustainable hydropower can provideenduring economic benefits through sustained revenue flows that can
allowcountries like the Lao PDR to reduce poverty and
ensure benefits to all itscitizens.
Hydro can have countrywide benefits.
HYDROELECTRICITY IS THE OVERALL BEST OPTION WHEN IT COMESTO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY 
Peter Bowyer, Professor of Physics at Cambridge University, “Weighing up thebenefits against the environmental
 
disadvantages, is it feasible or desirable forhydroelectric power to be developed on a muchlarger scale in the future?”http://peter.mapledesign.co.uk/writings/physics/2005_Hydroelectric_Power_Feasible_ or_Desirable.pdf  The energy of flowing water is the most readily available, renewable, and cleandomestic source of electricity that we have right now. It is available in most parts of the country that have high rainfall and mountainous areas
. In terms of total production, hydropower is America's leading renewable energy resource; it ismore reliable and efficient and less expensive than geothermal, biomass,wind, and solar energy
. Perhaps most important,
it is a clean source of power--it produces no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, or any other airemissions
 
. In addition, it produces no solid or liquid wastes.
Hydropower is also
 
one of the least expensive sources of electricity in the United States. Forevery kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity produced by a hydropower plant, only

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