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Hydropower backers reach ‘big dam deal’ to reform licensing, boost tribal input

Molly Christian of S&P Global reports on a new plan to increase hydropower capacity in the United States.

The C3 Take
  • The proposal, which is backed by the National Hydropower Association  (NHA) and several tribes and stakeholders, would reduce permitting completion times for hydro and increase tribal engagement to protect America’s rivers.
  • Hydropower is America’s largest and oldest source of renewable energy.
  • The proposal must now pass through Congress, but if successful it could accelerate clean energy deployment in the United States.

“To speed the permitting process, the proposal seeks a two-year limit on licensing for certain projects at qualifying non-powered dams and a three-year licensing process for some closed-loop and off-stream pumped storage facilities. The proposal also aims to support new technologies, including by requiring FERC to investigate ‘opportunities and challenges for expanding micro hydropower resources,’ a summary of the proposal said.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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