Miranda Willson of E&E News reports on how permitting delays are hurting the hydropower industry
- Inefficient permitting and relicensing processes are a threat to the hydropower industry and could hamper clean energy production in the U.S.
- California’s Oroville Dam, which is America’s largest and tallest, has yet to receive the new federal permit that it applied for in 2005.
- While dams can be granted temporary licenses to remain in operation while the federal permitting process is underway, this system is costly and provides uncertainty to communities, businesses and grid operators.
- Policymakers must reform the hydropower permitting process to reduce wait times and increase efficiency.
Read the full article here.