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Title: Battle looms over hydroelectric dam relicensing

Abstract

Environmental groups, buoyed by support from influential lawmakers, are vowing to change the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) hydroelectric relicensing procedures. For too long, the groups say, the hydroelectric industry has benefitted from a cozy relationship with the FERC, which has emphasized economic over environmental considerations. The success or failure of the environmentalists agenda will likely prove critical to the hydroelectric industry. With 237 hydroelectric licenses up for renewal this year - the most ever considered by the FERC in one year - and four vacant seats at the Commission, FERC hydro policy appears poised for upheaval. The groups have proposed a multipoint program to address perceived shortcomings in the FERC's hydroelectric relicensing procedures. The program includes recommendations to: Shorten dam licenses (which currently stretch 30 to 50 years) and require the FERC to periodically reevaluate the terms of hydropower licenses; Increase Congressional oversight of the FERC to assure adherence to environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, which mandates the preparation of environmental impact statements where appropriate; Mandate facilities for upstream and downstream fish passage; Establish a mitigation fund, collectable from dam owners, for river conservation and restoration programs; Promote all alternatives to relicensing projects, including denial ofmore » project licenses; and Reassign the FERC's hydropower jurisdiction to another federal agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of the Interior.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6546095
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Public Utilities Fortnightly; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 131:8; Journal ID: ISSN 0033-3808
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; LICENSE APPLICATIONS; US FERC; LICENSING PROCEDURES; US NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; COMPLIANCE; BIOLOGICAL RECOVERY; FISH PASSAGE FACILITIES; RESOURCE CONSERVATION; RIVERS; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; LAWS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; POWER PLANTS; STREAMS; SURFACE WATERS; US DOE; US ORGANIZATIONS; 130400* - Hydro Energy- Legislation & Regulations; 130600 - Hydro Energy- Environmental Aspects; 296000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Electric Power

Citation Formats

Simpson, J. Battle looms over hydroelectric dam relicensing. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Simpson, J. Battle looms over hydroelectric dam relicensing. United States.
Simpson, J. 1993. "Battle looms over hydroelectric dam relicensing". United States.
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title = {Battle looms over hydroelectric dam relicensing},
author = {Simpson, J},
abstractNote = {Environmental groups, buoyed by support from influential lawmakers, are vowing to change the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) hydroelectric relicensing procedures. For too long, the groups say, the hydroelectric industry has benefitted from a cozy relationship with the FERC, which has emphasized economic over environmental considerations. The success or failure of the environmentalists agenda will likely prove critical to the hydroelectric industry. With 237 hydroelectric licenses up for renewal this year - the most ever considered by the FERC in one year - and four vacant seats at the Commission, FERC hydro policy appears poised for upheaval. The groups have proposed a multipoint program to address perceived shortcomings in the FERC's hydroelectric relicensing procedures. The program includes recommendations to: Shorten dam licenses (which currently stretch 30 to 50 years) and require the FERC to periodically reevaluate the terms of hydropower licenses; Increase Congressional oversight of the FERC to assure adherence to environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, which mandates the preparation of environmental impact statements where appropriate; Mandate facilities for upstream and downstream fish passage; Establish a mitigation fund, collectable from dam owners, for river conservation and restoration programs; Promote all alternatives to relicensing projects, including denial of project licenses; and Reassign the FERC's hydropower jurisdiction to another federal agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of the Interior.},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6546095}, journal = {Public Utilities Fortnightly; (United States)},
issn = {0033-3808},
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volume = 131:8,
place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {4}
}