Deep Decarbonization and Hydropower

Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach, eds., Forthcoming.

April 2018

Mike Swiger and Sharon White have authored a chapter in the forthcoming Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States.  

The chapter focuses on both conventional and pumped storage hydropower and its role in sustaining the country's transition to a decarbonized grid.  Swiger and White examine the impediments to harnessing hydropower's true potential in relation to decarbonization, including lengthy and complex regulatory requirements, failure of electricity markets to adequately compensate hydropower generators for the grid benefits they provide, environmental opposition to new hydropower, and interest in dam removal.    

The article appears in this month's Environmental Law Reporter and can be accessed by clicking here.