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Title: Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities

Abstract

In 2015, hydroelectric generation accounted for more than 6 percent of total net electricity generation in the United States and 46 percent of electricity generation from all renewables. The United States has considerable hydroelectric potential beyond what is already being developed. Nearly 7 GW of this potential is found by adding capacity to existing hydropower facilities. To optimize the value of hydroelectric generation, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydropower Vision Study highlights the importance of adding capacity to existing facilities. This report provides strategic approaches and considerations for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed and exempt hydropower facilities seeking to increase generation capacity, which may include increases from efficiency upgrades. The regulatory approaches reviewed for this report include capacity and non-capacity amendments, adding capacity during relicensing, and adding capacity when converting a license to a 10-MW exemption.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1405921
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-70121
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; hydropower; relicensing; regulatory; hydropower facilities

Citation Formats

Levine, Aaron L., Curtis, Taylor L., and Kazerooni, Borna. Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1405921.
Levine, Aaron L., Curtis, Taylor L., & Kazerooni, Borna. Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities. United States. doi:10.2172/1405921.
Levine, Aaron L., Curtis, Taylor L., and Kazerooni, Borna. Tue . "Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities". United States. doi:10.2172/1405921. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1405921.
@article{osti_1405921,
title = {Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities},
author = {Levine, Aaron L. and Curtis, Taylor L. and Kazerooni, Borna},
abstractNote = {In 2015, hydroelectric generation accounted for more than 6 percent of total net electricity generation in the United States and 46 percent of electricity generation from all renewables. The United States has considerable hydroelectric potential beyond what is already being developed. Nearly 7 GW of this potential is found by adding capacity to existing hydropower facilities. To optimize the value of hydroelectric generation, the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydropower Vision Study highlights the importance of adding capacity to existing facilities. This report provides strategic approaches and considerations for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed and exempt hydropower facilities seeking to increase generation capacity, which may include increases from efficiency upgrades. The regulatory approaches reviewed for this report include capacity and non-capacity amendments, adding capacity during relicensing, and adding capacity when converting a license to a 10-MW exemption.},
doi = {10.2172/1405921},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Oct 24 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Oct 24 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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