The United States Congress is currently considering reconciling the energy bills passed by the House and the Senate for a comprehensive energy bill. Under consideration is the hydropower industry’s wishlist contained in H.R. 8 (North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015).
(This op-ed appeared on The Oregonian on July 12.)
The Hydropower Reform Coalition went before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power yesterday to testify against a bad discussion draft that would shift the balance over management of water resources and strip federal agencies and states of their authorities to protect the resources they have the mandate of protecting.
If enacted, among other things, the bill would:
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.