Submitted by Rupak Thapaliya on Wed, 2017-03-15 11:54
Submitted by Rupak Thapaliya on Thu, 2016-11-17 18:51
American Whitewater’s Dave Steindorf will testify before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives today on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. The hearing titled “Modernizing Energy Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities to Expanding Hydropower Generation” will discuss licensing reforms among others topics.
Submitted by Rupak Thapaliya on Wed, 2015-03-25 11:15
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).
The Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Department of the Army for Civil Works (Army Corps of Engineers) announced that they have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The new agreement is an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower the three agencies signed in 2010.
In the new agreement- termed an Action Plan- the agencies commit to working toward the following:
This paper reviews the AWARE™ software distributed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The program is designed to facilitate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license renewal process for US hydropower installations. The discussion reviews the regulatory, legal, and social contexts that give rise to the creation and distribution ofAWARE™. The principal legal impetus for AWARE™ is the Electric Consumer Protection Act (ECPA) of 1 986 that directs FERC to give equal consideration topower and nonpower resources during relicensing. The software is reviewed in this paper from several perspectives including those of natural resource economics, systems modeling, and the social context within which FERC licensing decisions are made. We examine both the software and its underlying methodology and find significant problems with each. Because of its flaws, AWARE™ does little to further ECPA's equal consideration requirement. We And that the conservation and restoration impact of ECPA for US fisheries could be seriously hampered by the widespread use of AWARE™.
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