Yesterday, FERC and Army Corps of Engineers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate the respective regulatory processes associated with the authorizations required to construct and operate non-Federal hydropower projects.According to the press release by FERC, the MOU provides for:
The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday, March 31 to hear testimonies on two recent hydropower bills introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (D-Alaska).
John Seebach, the chair of the Coalition and director of hydropower reform initiative at American Rivers, will be testifying at the hearing. The hearing will focus on S. 629, a bill to improve hydropower, and for other purposes, and S. 630, a bill to promote marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy research and development.
The deadline to comment on the draft report “Hydrokinetic Energy Projects & Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts,” has been extended until November 15, 2010. The report provides guidance on evaluating impacts of new hydropower technologies (i.e. tidal, in-river current, and wave) on recreation. The report is being supported by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy.
Through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, the Hydropower Reform Coalition supported the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the two departments for offshore energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic.
The Departments reached the MOU last month, in which they agreed to work together for development of wind and marine & hydrokinetic energy.