House Panel OKs Hydropower Bill Targeting FERC Red Tape

Law360, New York (January 22, 2013, 5:50 PM EST) -- The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday unanimously backed a bill that aims to streamline the permit process for hydropower projects by directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider adopting a two-year timetable for approvals.

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, which marries Republican desires to slash red tape with Democratic enthusiasm for clean energy, would affect dams that don't currently produce electricity as well as so-called closed-loop pumped storage projects that generate power by moving water between reservoirs of differing elevation....
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