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- The house Passed December 12th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Energy and CommerceEnergyCommittee on Natural ResourcesCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureIntroducedJune 12th, 2017
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Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act
To amend the Federal Power Act to promote hydropower development at existing nonpowered dams, and for other purposes.
Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act (Sec.2)This bill amends the Federal Power Act to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)to establish an expedited licensing process for issuing and amending licenses and preliminary permits for any qualifying facility as defined by this bill. In establishing the expedited process, FERC shall convene an interagency task force with appropriate federal and state agencies and Indian tribes to coordinate the regulatory process associated with the authorizations required to construct and operate a qualifying facility. FERC must assess the safety of existing non-federal dams and other non-federal structures related to the qualifying facility before issuing any license for a qualifying facility. FERC must coordinate with the Department of the Army, Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to jointly develop a list of existing nonpowered federal dams that have the greatest potential for non-federal hydropower development. (Sec.3)Licensees of a qualifying facility are not required to pay an annual charge for administrative expenses until construction commences.
While a dam may harm the local ecosystem, it does not even come close to comparing to the damage nonrenewable resources are causing to ecosystems all across the world. We need to promote renewable energy in any way we can. Once it catches on, then we can worry about the smaller negative effects on the local ecosystems, in fact, many of those problems will be solved in the R&D of acquiring energy from renewable rea sources. We need to promote and throw as much money at this transition process to renewable energy as possible.