House committee unanimously approves five hydroelectric power-related proposals

U.S. Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a number of bills yesterday that would extend deadlines for several individual hydropower projects.

The bills, whose Senate equivalents were passed by that chamber’s Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources in March, include:

  • House Resolution 951, a bill to the extend the deadline for commencement of constructing a hydropower project involving the W. Kerr Scott Dam;
  • H.R. 122, a bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for constructing a hydropower project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam;
  • H.R. 2292, a bill to extend a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license associated with construction of the Cannonsville Dam; and
  • H.R. 2457, a bill to extend a FERC license for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Dam.

The House committee also reviewed and approved H.R. 2274, or the HYdropower Permit Extension (HYPE) Act, which would modify portions of the Federal Power Act.

Specifically, an amendment to Section 5 would extend the time for preliminary permitting from three years to four years, with an option for an additional four years should FERC approve it.

The legislation would also change Section 13 to increase extensions for constructing a plant from two additional years to eight additional years.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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