Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., was honored by the Northwest Public Power Association on Tuesday in Pasco for his support of public power over two decades in Congress.
He was given the Award of Appreciation at the Franklin Public Utilities District auditorium by Stu Nelson, Franklin PUD commissioner and NWPPA trustee.
Hastings has worked to promote a bipartisan, regional approach to critical energy issues, according to the NWPPA.
He has long focused on protecting the Northwest's supply of renewable hydropower.
As chairman of the Natural Resources Committee since 2011, he has fought attempts to force market-based rates on Bonneville Power Administration customers and has worked to maintain regional BPA autonomy. He has opposed attempts to remove dams, supported dam relicensing and supported legislation to encourage hydropower development and licensing.
He also has sought to update the Endangered Species Act, leading the first real legislative effort in the House in nearly a decade this year to improve the act, according to the NWPPA. The Columbia and Snake river systems have 13 subpopulations of salmon and steelhead listed as endangered.