Richard Hudson (Republican – North Carolina) introduced H.R. 2786 to amend the Federal Power Act to revise the criteria for a facility to qualify as a “qualifying conduit hydropower facility”. Under the current law a hydropower facility must have a capacity that does not exceed five megawatts. The bill eliminates this requirement. Additionally, the bill revises the timeframe for a facility or entity to contest whether their facility meets the qualifying criteria.
The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on June 6, 2017 and sent to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill was passed with a roll call vote of 420-2 on July 18, 2017. The bill was received in the Senate on July 19, 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The bill modifies several sections of the Federal Power Act associated with criteria and processes to qualify as a “qualifying conduit hydropower facility.”
The bill modifies Section 30(a) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 823a(a)) by changing “45 days” to “30 days” in paragraph (2)(C); by adding “and” after the semicolon in clause (i) of paragraph (3)(C); by striking clause (ii); and by redesignating clause (iii) as clause (ii).
Diana DeGette (Democrat – Colorado)