Rep. Kuster Proposes Billions For Nationwide Hydropower Upgrades, Dam Restore And Removing

A brand new invoice from New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster would make investments billions of {dollars} within the U.S.’s  growing old hydropower dam system. 

The bipartisan plan focuses on what Kuster calls the three Rs: rehabilitating, retrofitting and eradicating outdated dams, particularly the hundreds which are in unsafe situation and would trigger disastrous flooding in the event that they failed.

New Hampshire has about 3,000 dams. Most of them are privately owned, and quite a few bigger dams generate electrical energy, together with on the Connecticut River. New England at the moment will get about 7% of its electrical energy from hydropower on common.

About 160 of New Hampshire’s dams are in high-risk places, and about 30 are in poor or unsatisfactory situation, in keeping with the Affiliation of Dam Security Officers and a 2019 Related Press investigation.

Kuster’s invoice, named the Twenty-First Century Dams Act, contains $25.8 billion in grants and loans to enhance dam security and improve clear power era. It additionally features a 30% tax credit score for dam restore and removing work, and units apart funding to take away a couple of thousand dams with a objective of reconnecting 10,000 miles of rivers nationwide.

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