President Barack Obama today signed into law two bills aimed at boosting development of the nation’s largest renewable electricity resource, hydropower.

“Hydropower is America’s leading renewable, providing low-cost, reliable electricity to millions of American families,” said Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the National Hydropower Association. “These bills are an excellent step to unlocking the tens of thousands of megawatts of untapped hydropower capacity that can provide millions of Americans greater access to affordable, reliable electricity. I applaud President Obama for signing them into law and for his continued support of hydropower’s role in addressing our energy, environmental, and economic challenges.”