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House Approves Bonamici’s Wave and Water Energy Technologies Amendment

May 25, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman’s Bipartisan Provision Supports Hydropower Projects

WASHINGTON, DC [05/25/16] —Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully added an amendment to increase funding for water power technology to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) funding bill.

Bonamici’s bipartisan amendment will increase funding for the DOE’s Water Power Program, which supports the development and deployment of innovative technologies for creating clean, domestic power from resources such as hydropower, waves, and tides. The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is a participant in the Water Power Program. This partnership of Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks assists researchers and industry with shared research and equipment to test wave energy devices.

“We must continue to develop clean and sustainable energy sources, and that means supporting new and innovative solutions,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “At the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University, I’ve seen ground-breaking research on wave energy. Continued investment in the Water Power Program will help our nation move wave energy technologies to the verge of commercial viability and beyond. We should be doing more to harness the power of water to meet our nation’s clean energy needs, create good-paying jobs, and spur economic growth in our communities.”

Bonamici’s amendment passed by voice vote on Tuesday night. The underlying bill, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act, directs Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels for the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies, and will come up for a vote later this week.