On April 22, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) addressed the National Hydropower Association, praising the role of hydropower. He called on existing dams to generate an additional 60 gigawatts of power by 2025. Currently, only 3 percent of the total 80,000 dams in the U.S. use hydropower. He identified hydropower as a significant way to address climate issues, and he pledged to make hydropower legislation a priority.