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Rivers Alliance Presents: Hydropower in Connecticut and the Northeast
January 11, 2008 @ 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
Rainbow Dam on the Farmington River in Windsor
(Snow date February 29, 2008)
In the context of climate change and the world-wide thrust to develop renewable energy sources, federal and state governments are developing laws and policies that provide incentives for renewable power, often including new and/or expanded hydropower. Yet dams and hydropower have profound and often irreversible impacts to our rivers and streams. It is in this context that we hope to understand the relationship between financial incentives for hydropower and changes in rivers and landscapes.
This conference will examine the role of hydropower in the push for renewable energy sources as well as the implications of the incentives the state and the federal governments are considering for hydro development. There will be a particular emphasis on small, new hydro and the recent proposals under consideration in Connecticut and Vermont. Elements of the discussion will include:
- The historical context, parallels with the hydro rush of the 1970s and 1980s
- Impact of new, small hydro on the ecology of rivers
- Alternatives such as increased efficiency, new technologies
- What constitutes green hydro, design vs. size
DRAFT Preliminary AGENDA
The conference will be organized into panels and one case study. Panels will address four themes that will be introduced at the opening of the conference. The four introductory speakers will moderate the panel discussions. Speakers are not yet finally selected, but multiple, even conflicting interests will be represented.
Contact Rivers Alliance at 860-361-9349 or visit riversalliance.org for more information.