Congress did the right thing by giving hydropower a boost.
Congress did the right thing by giving hydropower a boost. (Getty Images/Digital First Media)

President Obama last week signed into law two hydropower bills that have the potential to boost development of this important renewable energy source.

Yes, Washington actually got something done on a bipartisan basis.

The bills, pushed by Colorado Reps. Diana DeGette and Scott Tipton, a Democrat and Republican, focus on development of hydropower in existing ditches and conduits as well as streamlining the permitting process.

Such clean energy development will help the nation diversify its energy portfolio, and it could help Colorado, a headwaters state.

The snow in our mountains is a major source of water for 18 states and parts of Mexico. As the water makes its way out of state, there's no reason we shouldn't generate more electricity from it.

Such small projects could be very beneficial to farmers and ranchers who have all manner of ditches and water-conveying structures on their land.

We're glad both measures have become law and hope to see them put to good use generating clean, renewable energy.



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