Environment & Energy Report

House Passes Bill to Boost Energy Regulator Role in Hydro Reviews

Nov. 8, 2017, 9:10 PMUpdated: Nov. 8, 2017, 10:27 PM

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would take the lead role in coordinating the interagency licensing process for hydropower projects in a bill passed by the House Nov. 8.

The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043), introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), aims to shorten the time needed to license new projects or reauthorize existing ones. It passed 257-166.

The bill also would alter the federal definition of renewable energy to include all generation from hydropower projects. It has support from the National Hydropower Association, the Edison Electric Institute, and the American Public Power...

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