Vote No. This bill is changing 45 days to 15 days in Section 30. No reasoning was given for this change, but the estimated cost is $2 million. I say vote nay. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.
A conduit hydropower facility is a facility that has a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity.
Currently, section 30 of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 823) states a qualifying conduit hydropower facility shall not be required to license if, not later than 45 days after the date of publication, no entity contests whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria, or an entity contests whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria and the Commission promptly issues a written determination.