Streamlining Hydropower Regulation: Proposals for a New Licensing Process

by Gail A. Greely, Pacific Hydro Consulting Group, Alameda, United States,
Sabrina S. Simpson, Pacific Hydro Consulting Group, Alameda, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


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 | Licensure and certification | Power plants | Maintenance | Electric power | Environmental issues | Legislation | Federal government

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