Washington – Today, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Chair of the Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Task Force, held a hearing on challenges and opportunities within the Hydropower Workforce. Panelists at the hearing included: Charles Hernick, Director of Policy, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, Adam Witt, Research and Development Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Justin Truedell, Director of Northeast Operations, Brookfield Renewable.

“I was pleased to host our fifth Millennial Task Force hearing to focus on the unique challenges and opportunities millennials face in the hydropower industry,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The American energy sector is in an exciting place -- just last year renewable energy reached its highest ever production levels with hydropower accounting for 25 percent of this, more than solar and wind combined. What makes these totals even more promising is the potential for massive growth within the hydropower sector. To make this expansion a reality the hydropower industry needs a robust workforce and today’s hearing was an important opportunity to hear experts discuss the robust opportunities this presents for the millennial generation. We must act to prevent stagnation in a critical component of our renewable energy portfolio, and while there’s no cure all solution, we do know that policies and programs that encourage job ready training and education will greatly assist more millennials to find work in the renewable energy industry.”

“Congresswoman Stefanik has been a tireless advocate for millennials,” said Rep. Luke Messer, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. “I thank her for leading on this important workforce development issue, and look forward to continuing the conversation about how we can best help millennials succeed in the workforce and beyond.”