House Resolution 267, also known as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, has passed the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee a week after the energy policy was reintroduced to the legislature.
Previously known as H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 is a bipartisan policy designed to promote the growth of mini hydro and in-river hydro projects by streamlining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) permitting process for low-impact proposals.
The bill received a unanimous 372-0 approval from the 112th Congress in July 2012, though it never came to a vote in the Senate during the final weeks of the legislative session.
The bill was reintroduced by Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., to the House this past week.