Congressman Don Young Fights for Renewable Energy, Alaska’s Hydropower Future on House Floor
Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young spoke from the House Floor on his amendment to the House appropriations bill that supports the Water Power Technologies Office at the Department of Energy. The Water Power Technologies Office funds grant programs that assist in the construction of hydropower, pumped storage and marine energy projects, and expands energy infrastructure in low-income, economically distressed, underserved, and rural communities.
Congressman Young’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
My amendment supports the important Water Power Technologies Office at the Department of Energy.
This office offers grants to deploy hydropower, pumped storage and marine energy projects, and related transmission infrastructure in low-income, economically distressed, underserved, or rural communities.
Hydropower is clean and produces no emissions and uses the energy of running water, without reducing its quantity, to produce electricity.
My state of Alaska has tremendous hydroelectric potential and this important office provides our rural and remote communities with new opportunities to obtain reliable and affordable hydropower.
Although Alaska's total energy consumption is among the 10 lowest states, its per capita energy consumption is the 4th highest in the US because of our small population, terrain, geographic parameters, harsh winters, and energy-intensive industries.
The cost of electricity in Alaska can be twice that of the lower 48.
This increased cost of power in the residential sector has significant economic impacts for Alaska families, particularly in remote, rural communities and Alaska Native villages.
Many communities rely on expensive diesel generation for electricity and home heating.
This office supports hydropower which provides many residents and businesses in Alaska with low-cost, renewable, clean, and reliable power.