The Consumer and the Relicensing of Hydroelectric Facilitiesby Louis E. Vincent, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Pacific Gas & Electric Co,
Abstract: Investor-owned utility companies hold licenses to more than three hundred and fifty hydroelectric projects in the United States. These projects are valued at an estimated 20 billion. They save the customers of those electrical utilities on the order of 4. 5 billion each year in fuel costs. Who is entitled to the benefits from these hydroelectric projects and whether there will be a preference for municipal or State-run utilities at the relicensing of those projects, are questions engaging Congress, the courts, and State and federal regulatory commissions. This paper discusses the Federal Power Act, and several pertinent cases.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Licensure and certification | Electric power | Power plants | Federal government | Fuels | Client relationships | Local government | North America | United States
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