Natural Resources Committee to examine federal regulations’ effects on hydropower costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. 6/26/12 (PennWell) — The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will hold a Full Committee oversight hearing June 27 about how federal regulations and agencies are increasing the cost of domestic hydropower.

The hearing, titled “Mandatory Conditioning Requirements on Hydropower: How Federal Resource Agencies are Driving Up Electricity Costs and Decreasing the Original Green Energy,” will focus on mandatory costs and other requirements imposed on non-federal hydropower producing facilities when they are up for licensing or re-licensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A representative of the Natural Resources Committee told these costs are carried by the consumer, although their benefits to the environments they seek to improve are sometimes marginal.

The hearing is intended to address these issues to determine potential improvements and updates that would allow for not only the protection of hydroelectric power consumers, but also the environment.

Witnesses in the hearing will include:
– Mark Robinson, former director of FERC’s Office of Energy Projects
– Einar Maisch, Director of Strategic Affairs, Placer County Water Agency
– Jeff Reardon, Trout Unlimited
– John Grubish, General Manager, Okanogan Public Utility District.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 1324 of the Longsworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. It will also be streamed via the committee’s website.

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