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House approves bill to streamline hydro permitting


From the February 15, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 15, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

The House of Representatives on Feb. 13 passed H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, by an overwhelming vote of 422-0.  

The bill was written by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Diana DeGette, D-Colo., who sit on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The measure "will help facilitate the development of new hydro power projects across the country by reducing red tape and streamlining the permitting process," the committee said in a Feb. 13 press release. " As the United States’ largest renewable electricity source, new hydro power development has the potential to produce thousands of megawatts of affordable power and create thousands of new jobs in the process."

APPA supports the bill. 

"As we continue to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy, we must remember to include our nation's largest, cleanest, most-affordable, reliable, and renewable energy source – hydro power," said McMorris Rodgers. "H.R. 267 streamlines the hydro power permitting process, reducing the burdens impeding developments, and getting low-cost power to communities faster." 

"Think of it as the 1040 EZ for hydro permitting," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. A video of her remarks is available on YouTube.


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