Hydropower Legislation Signed by President Obama

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August 13, 2013

by Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News

Hydropower Legislation – Senate unanimously voted the approval of hydropower legislation that aids in the efficiency of licensing cutting the red tape to support the growth of theses projects.  The glad news is one more positive act in renewable energy development.  The work of the Senate and “President Obama Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Expand U.S. Hydropower Production Bills to streamline the hydropower licensing process are now law” enables smaller projects to be delivered.

“The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Obama. Previously, the Senate unanimously passed the legislation just before it adjourned for August; the House passed each bill with nearly unanimous support earlier in the year,” reports the Sacramento Bee.

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act will:

  • Increase the small hydro exemption to 10 MW (currently at 5MW)
  • Remove conduit projects under 5 MW from FERC jurisdiction and increase the conduit exemption to 40 MW for all projects
  • Provide FERC the ability to extend preliminary permits
  • Require FERC to examine a 2-year licensing process for non-powered dams and closed loop pump storage
  • Last month, over 3,000 people associated with the global hydropower industry gathered in Denver, Colorado for HydroVision International, the world’s largest hydropower conference.

The advantage of streamlining project development allows for smaller capitalized and process projects to take root. Further, it also allows for larger highly capitalized projects to move forward. The process must be viewed  and developed not to clog up registrations pushing larger substantial projects first.

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