Planning for Future Hydroelectric Power: A Myth?

by David F. Pritchard, Burgess & Niple, Ltd, United States,
Louis Rosenman, Burgess & Niple, Ltd, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


The hydroelectric power industry in the U.S. is authorized and regulated by the Federal Government through the Federal Energy Retgulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Power Act. This federal authorization brings stringent environmental controls. The concept of requiring environmentally compatible development through federal regulation is sound, but the current trend of applying often unsuitable criteria via unworkably complex and ambiguous processes is leading to the demise of this industry. The paper calls for public and political action by engineers to balance the current trend.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Federal government | Environmental issues | Political factors | Water resources | Industries | Power plants | Legislation

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