The Effects of Recent Legislation on Conventional, Non-Federal Hydropower

by Richard Hunt, Richard Hunt Associates, Annapolis, United States,
Judith Mohsberg, Richard Hunt Associates, Annapolis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


Over the past ten years, federal legislation has created competing economic incentives for the hydroelectric industry - loans and tax credit incentives to stimulate the growth of conventional, non-federal, hydroelectric development and heavy regulation that increased the cost of licensing and development of hydropower facilities. More than ten years later, these programs have not made a measureable difference in the amount of hydroelectric energy produced, and the proportion of the country's energy that is generated by hydropower has actually declined from 12% to 9%.

Subject Headings: Legislation | Hydro power | Electric power | Power plants | Licensure and certification | Economic factors | Industrial facilities | Energy measurement

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