Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act passes U.S. House

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.

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