Not Your Grandfather’s Energy Source

Law360, New York (August 20, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT) -- In mid-July 2010, a bipartisan group led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, proposed legislation that would classify hydroelectric generation — power produced by the flow of water — as a “renewable” energy resource for purposes of federal programs. In June 2010, the state of Vermont became the first to pass a law declaring that power generated by large-scale hydroelectric dams could be considered a “renewable” resource.

Despite public perception that hydropower is already considered a renewable energy source because it relies on the motion of naturally...
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