| Posted in: Public Power Champions
We're pleased to recognize U.S. Reps. David Loebsack (D-IA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) for voting in favor of H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017. This legislation will streamline the licensing of hydropower by designating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency for coordinating all federal authorizations and reviews related to license applications. It also requires FERC to establish a process to set a schedule for review and disposition of each step of the federal licensing process.
Rep. Loebsack and Rep. Peterson broke with Party leadership and supported the bill. MRES, in conjunction with the National Hydropower Association, also supports the bill.
MRES is currently in the process of constructing a hydropower generation facility at the Red Rock Dam near Pella, Iowa. When completed in 2019, it will generate 36 MW of baseload, renewable power. MRES spent almost 10 years working its way through the licensing process. It is our hope that the passage of this legislation will streamline this burdensome process.