Lawmakers Balk At Hydropower Directives From Energy Sec'y

Law360, New York (June 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT) -- Nearly a third of Congress on Monday urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to consult utilities, power co-ops, and state and federal officials before pursuing plans to reform the four agencies that oversee the nation’s hydropower marketing, warning the move could be costly.

In a letter, 166 members of the House and Senate told Chu that a recent set of directives he issued to the DOE’s four Power Marketing Administrations threatened to drive up electricity prices for millions of Americans while expanding the PMAs' authority beyond its...
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