Hydropower's Balancing Actby John Prendergast, Assoc. Ed.;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 10, Pg. 42-45
Document Type: Feature article
Relicensing applications are due at the end of 1991 on some 170 hydro plants across the U.S., a large percentage of the more than 400 plants that will go through the process by 2010. Conditions are radically different from when the plants' original licenses were granted 50 years ago. Engineering and efficiency standards have been upgraded, but the most profound change is the vastly increased awareness of and importance placed on environmental factors. Resource agencies and environmental groups say this simply rights an old balance that leaned too far toward power values, but many hydro owners and industry experts view it as shortsighted and harmful to the U.S.'s energy interests, as well as an unreasonable economic burden on them.
Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Environmental issues | Hydro power | Owners | Age factors | Economic factors | Industries
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