700,000 jobs in the US could be created by developing big hydro projects

Friday, 16 October 2009

As many as 700,000 jobs could be created by the construction of new hydropower capacity in the United States by 2025, according to a new study released Tuesday by the National Hydropower Association (NHA). 

ust 3 percent of the nation’s more than 82,000 dams generate electricity. The industry estimates it could add 60,000 MW of new capacity by 2025, enough to serve 17 million homes, the NHA said.

“That represents a tremendous amount of untapped potential in this country,” said NHA President Andrew Munro, one of several hydropower advocates participating in a press conference Tuesday. 

To reach that goal, however, new policies that promote the increased use of renewable energy are needed, said Mark Garner, president and chief executive officer of Voith Hydro.

“We’ve hired 190 new employees,” Garner said. “This is just the beginning of what we see as the potential.”

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