House Passes Bill to Bring Hydropower Licensing Process Into the 21st Century

Recognizing hydropower’s contribution to reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, the National Hydropower Association today applauded passage of the bipartisan hydropower regulatory improvement provisions as part of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R.8). These provisions break the licensing process status quo that has stifled the growth of the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity.

The hydropower provisions are designed to make the process more timely, coherent and collaborative by promoting predictability and requiring timely decisions by regulators—all without narrowing the authorities of federal and state resources agencies and Indian tribes under existing federal environmental laws.