Issaquah firm helps in hydro- power study on job creation

November 3, 2009

By Staff

Architectural-engineering-consulting firm HDR played an instrumental role in a new study by the National Hydropower Association that supports development of the nation’s hydropower resources.The study found that hydropower can create up to 700,000 jobs by 2025. HDR’s Rick Miller, national client director for hydropower and immediate past president of the association, initiated the jobs study and was the primary reviewer. HDR also contributed money and in-kind services to the study.

Current installed hydropower capacity is 100,000 megawatts and will see 60,000 megawatts of capacity added by 2025. This amount is enough to serve 17 million households — the equivalent of every home in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Much of this added capacity can come from existing dams where no powerhouse currently exists.

In addition to providing clean, affordable water-powered energy, hydropower also leverages other renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind by providing large-scale energy storage.

The full study is available at www.hydro.org.

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