U.S. agencies sign federal hydropower generation memorandum of understanding

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a federal hydropower generation memorandum of understanding at Hoover Dam today.

According to a Reclamation press release, the five-year MOU provides for a collaborative working relationship that prioritizes similar goals and aligns ongoing and future renewable energy development efforts among the three agencies.

The MOU outlines five topic areas across which the agencies intend to collaborate on creating an action plan: asset management, value of hydropower, workforce, water supply reliability and environmental outcomes. The agencies will collaborate with the power marketing administrations on the above topics.

“Cooperation with our federal, industry partners and electricity customers ensures hydropower will continue to power American innovation and ingenuity, as it has throughout our nation’s history,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “Hydropower Day underscores our federal commitment to investing in hydropower, the backbone of our nation’s electrical grid.”

Hydropower Day is sponsored annually by the National Hydropower Association and celebrates 127 years of hydropower’s renewable and reliable contributions to clean energy infrastructure in the U.S. Hydropower is a unique resource, critical to America’s future, which supports the integration of other renewables like wind and solar onto the grid.

“Reclamation continues to invest in strategies that improve and increase the stability and value of the hydropower for states, Tribes, and customers. This MOU strengthens our collective commitment to provide affordable, environmentally sustainable hydropower for America’s energy needs today and, in the future,” said Burman.

Reclamation’s hydropower program supports administration and Department of the Interior domestic energy security initiatives to develop hydropower on federal water resource projects through collaborative regulatory reform, innovation, and outreach.

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the U.S. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation opportunities and environmental benefits.

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