We must continue to increase the development of domestic energy sources to ensure greater economic security for Washington State and the U.S.  In order to maintain access to affordable energy for Central Washington’s residents, it is essential that the U.S. continue to develop a safe, domestic, all-of-the-above energy strategy.

Renewable energy plays a critically-important role in our nation’s energy portfolio and is a key source of energy in Central Washington and in the 4th Congressional District.  We are blessed to have a diverse mix of renewable energy sources in the region—from hydropower and nuclear energy to natural gas, biomass, wind, and solar power – making Central Washington a great example of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.  Much of the clean, renewable energy produced in the Pacific Northwest comes from hydropower, and I support protecting dams that provide this affordable, renewable energy source. I led efforts in the House to prohibit any federal funds from being used to remove federal dams – a vital component of water infrastructure in the west – and directed the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize hydropower as a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source.


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Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Strengthen American Energy Independence

Jul 29 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Elaine Luria (D-VA) introduced the Nuclear Power Purchase Agreement Act. This legislation would establish a long-term nuclear power purchase agreement program, directing the Secretary of Energy to enter into one or more agreements to purchase nuclear power from reactors licensed after January 2020.

Newhouse Backs Legislation to Boost Rural Broadband

Jul 14 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after cosponsoring H.R. 3369, the Broadband for Rural America Act introduced by Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), which provides more than $7 billion in authorizations for USDA broadband connectivity programs.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Applaud Improving Salmon Runs for Snake River

Jun 21 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in response to recent data showing an increased rate of return for Spring Chinook salmon on the Snake River. Data shows that the Snake River Spring Chinook returns increased by 27%, with more than 29,634 salmon passing the Lower Granite Dam.

U.S. Leads in Emissions Reduction, Clean Energy Innovation

Apr 27 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The Biden Administration’s approach to energy is the last thing America needs – especially when the United States is already leading the world in emissions reductions.

Newhouse Slams Reintroduction of the Green New Deal

Apr 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) reintroduced the Green New Deal, a radical climate change proposal:

Newhouse, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Strengthen Hydropower, Increase Clean Energy in Pacific Northwest

Apr 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Pacific Northwest Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act of 2021 to improve permitting for pumped storage hydroelectric projects, create jobs in Central Washington, and protect Tribal interests.

Newhouse Joins Groundbreaking Clean Energy Announcement

Apr 1 Press Release

RICHLAND, WA – Today, Rep. Newhouse joined Energy Northwest, Grant County Public Utility District (Grant PUD), and X-energy for the commencement of the TRi Energy Partnership. These organizations are partnering to evaluate, develop, and build a commercial Xe-100 advanced reactor at a previously licensed site north of Richland, Washington. Through the U.S.

Newhouse to Inslee: Local Voices Must Be Heard on Massive Wind Farm Concerns

Mar 25 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter to Governor Inslee and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council urging state officials to listen to the local concerns with the recent Horse Heaven Wind Farm Application (ASC) for Site Certification in Benton County.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act

Mar 5 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) reintroduced the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act, a bill to expand clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable hydropower production in the United States and promote innovation of the next generation of hydropower technology.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler, and Fulcher Reaffirm Support for Pacific Northwest Resources

Feb 5 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined his Pacific Northwest colleagues, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Russ Fulcher (R-ID) to reaffirm their support for hydropower and emphasized the importance of protecting existing hydropower resources in the Pacific Northwest.