Hydro Bills Head to the President’s Desk


Last week, the United States Senate passed two hydropower bills by unanimous consent. The two bills now await President Obama’s signature.

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, aims to expedite the permitting process for conduit hydropower and direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study the feasibility of a streamlined two-year permitting process for closed-loop pumped storage projects.

The other bill, Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act) sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado, will streamline hydropower development at dams owned by Bureau of Reclamation.

Both these bills had passed the House in February and had bipartisan support.