Streamlining Hydropower Regulation: Proposals for a New Licensing Processby Gail A. Greely, Pacific Hydro Consulting Group, Alameda, United States,
Sabrina S. Simpson, Pacific Hydro Consulting Group, Alameda, United States,
Abstract: Growing national concern over the environmental impacts associated with energy resources and the increasing dependence on foreign oil sources has resulted in a reawakening of interest by federal policymakers in renewable energy resources, including hydropower. However, the maintenance of existing hydropower resources and future expansion is being discouraged by the complexity of the current system for regulation of hydropower. This paper will review various proposals for a comprehensive overhaul of the F.E.R.C. licensing process and other permitting steps that currently apply to new and existing hydroelectric generation.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Environmental issues | Licensure and certification | Power plants | Federal government | Maintenance | Electric power | Legislation
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