Energy and Commerce sub-committee approves the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012


From The Telluride Watch (Samantha Wright):

On June 7, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the [H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012] on a voice vote with no objections and no amendments…

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012, or HR 3680, would among other things eliminate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involvement for non-controversial small (under 5 MW) conduit projects following a 45-day FERC public noticing period. A conduit project is one that is built on existing infrastructure, such as a pipeline, ditch or canal. The potential for conduit projects is particularly vast in the mountains of southwestern Colorado.

“Every small town in the mountains has got a pipeline for their water supply that goes up the hill,” [Kurt Johnson, resident of the Colorado Small Hydro Association and Principal at Telluride Energy] pointed out. “Not having to get a FERC permit [to put a small hydro-electric generating plant on such existing infrastructure] would be a massive boost,” he said.