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HYDROPOWER INDUSTRY ENDORSES CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S ENERGY AGENDA

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Clinton administration's support of hydropower as a renewable energy resource will enhance national security, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy, and ultimately provide significant savings to U.S. consumers, the president of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) said today.
 Roger Woodworth, newly elected president of NHA, which serves as the national voice of the hydropower industry, said he is pleased that the president recognizes the economic and environmental advantages of hydroelectric energy.
 "Clearly, the new administration understands that hydropower is a clean, efficient and renewable energy resource which is free of greenhouse gases and produces no waste by-product," Woodworth said. "Although hydroelectric generation is installed on a mere 3 percent of our nation's dams, it reduces the nation's domestic oil consumption by 530 million barrels of oil and eliminates 249 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually."
 Woodworth said hydropower represents an important part of the U.S. energy infrastructure, providing more than 85 percent of the nation's renewable energy capacity and producing enough power to serve 28.3 million homes -- or enough to serve the total populations of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon and California.
 "Hydropower is a national treasure which can contribute even more to meeting the nation's goals for renewable energy," Woodworth said. "It provides a broad range of recreation, environmental and economic benefits to the public.
 "Balancing competing uses of natural resources sometimes requires tough choices, said Woodworth. "But President Clinton's theme of putting people first requires that we, as a nation, must use our waters in the overall public interest."
 The membership of the NHA represents all segments of the hydropower industry, including public and private utilities, independent developers, manufacturers, engineers, and legal, financial, and consulting firms from all regions of the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Church Ciocci, executive director, of The National Hydropower Association, 202-637-8115/


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