Balancing the renewable energy grid

June 23, 2014 Mario Finis

Mario Finis, Senior Vice President of WaterPower & Dams, focuses on the need for a balanced renewable energy and argues the case for hydropower with Colorado Biz.

Hydropower is currently the world’s largest renewable energy source, producing approximately 16 percent of the global electricity supply and nearly seven percent of the U.S. supply.  Statewide, Colorado has the potential to add 3.8 gigawatts of hydropower, according to a recent report released by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. For perspective, that’s enough power to light 2.85 million average American homes.

Policymakers and the environmental community are looking to hydropower to meet our nation’s energy and environmental challenges by maximizing the public benefit of existing water infrastructure. Last year a bill, co-sponsored by Colorado’s own U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette seeking to expedite licensing for developing hydropower on the nation’s non-powered dams unanimously passed signed into law. The bill was supported not only by the hydropower industry, but also American Rivers, the nation’s leading conservation organization, dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s rivers.

Content was originally published by MWH Global, which is now part of Stantec.

About the Author

Mario Finis

As senior vice president and business leader for WaterPower & Dams, Mario leads our services throughout the world. He has 30 years of private and public sector experience in the design and project management of hydropower projects throughout North America and abroad.

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