Hydropower Vision - U.S. Department of Energy

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Hydropower Vision - U.S. Department of Energy
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The video pans through images of interviews interspersed with images of dams and waterways.

Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association

Hydropower is woven in the very fabric of our nation. It is our largest source of renewable energy. It's the backbone of our electric system. It has an incredible history. What's wonderful about the report is that it acknowledges and recognizes the value that hydropower has brought to our system as well as the important role it will play in the future.

David Moller, Director, Strategic Agreements, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The report for the first time paints the big picture of U.S. hydropower. Its past, it's present and future. 

Debbie Mursch, Director of Markets, Strategy, & Development, GE Renewable Energy Hydro

The really impressive thing is that anybody that touches hydropower was at the table. For example, industry and the NGOs and manufacturers and the generators. So in that perspective it's kind of an all-encompassing view which is really unique.

Herbie Johnson, General Manager, Hydro generation, Southern Company

The report hits on the importance that hydropower assets mean to the communities that they are located. It means better jobs, a stronger tax base. Better community facilities.

Gia D. Schneider, Chairman & CEO, Natel Energy Inc.

The future of hydropower I think will be a combination of new applications of conventional technology, such as some of the exciting developments around closed loop pump storage projects, along with deployment of new technologies that are able to harness utility scale power from very dispersed, distributed resource potential.

Debbie Mursch

I think the future will start utilizing some of the 80,000 dams that we've got in this country with all the infrastructure already built.

Herbie Johnson

Valuation of ancillary benefits both in our ever changing future and current markets is a critical aspect.

Gia D. Schneider

If we are going to meet our climate change goals to decarbonize the grid, we need new baseload renewable energy solutions. And the Hydropower Vision report gives us an initial roadmap as to how we might achieve that.

Linda Church Ciocci

The other thing that I absolutely love about this report is that it clearly shows that the growth of our system and our future clearly rests in our own hands. We collectively have the opportunity to take with commitment, working together this opportunity and make it happen.

David Moller

It needs to be right up there in public thinking with wind and solar.

Debbie Mursch

As a country we finally get it. And as an industry, we are finally finding our voice.

Linda Church Ciocci

The fact is that hydropower is a solution. And we as a nation need to come together to ensure that we are moving forward to an agenda that sees the growth and the development of this potential.

Hydropower Vision: Summer 2016. U.S. Department of Energy. The video ends with the URL water.energy.gov.