What does Trump’s election mean for hydropower in the U.S.?
Republican candidate Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the Presidential election last month has left many across the nation stunned, including those in the hydropower industry.
Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, had laid a clear plan to expand efforts into clean energy and combat global warming as a real threat. However, President-elect Trump’s plan is less clear.
Among the industries potentially affected by the transition to a Trump presidency is hydropower. Hydropower refers to energy created by river dams that store water in a reservoir. When releases, the water flows through a turbine, which then creates electricity.
For its part, even in the face of this uncertainty, the National Hydropower Association (NHA) congratulated President-elect Trump on his victory, remaining hopeful that he will acknowledge hydropower’s value today, and the greater role it can play in the nation’s energy future and water infrastructure.
NHA executive director Linda Church Ciocci released a statement on the election results, saying “We look forward to working with the new administration to address hydropower’s outdated licensing process, support the need to energize non-powered dams and reinvest in existing hydropower infrastructure, and call for increasing America’s energy storage.”
“As a nation, we have a choice to make about hydropower,” Church Ciocci continued. “Stay the course of marginal growth, or put hydropower on a new path to creating nearly 200,000 jobs and helping the nation meet its clean energy needs.”
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydropower Vision report found that hydropower can sustainably grow by 50 GW by 2050.