H.R.220 – To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes.

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H.R.220 – To authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, and for other purposes.


“H.R. 220 would specify that the licensee of the Terror Lake hydroelectric project (number 2743), located within the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, can expand that project to occupy not more than 20 acres of additional federal land. Under the bill, the proposed expansion would require no further approval by the Secretary of the Interior.” – cbo

    According to the Alaska Energy Authority, the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project (Project) on Kodiak Island, Alaska, provides 31 Megawatts of hydropower capacity to the Island’s approximately 13,789 residents and a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station. Kodiak Island (Island) is off the North American electricity grid and relies solely on electric generation within the Island or imported diesel fuel.

According to the Department of the Interior, the federal lands that would be affected by the proposed expansion currently generate no significant receipts from programs to develop natural resources and are not expected to do so in the future. As a result, CBO expects that the proposed expansion would not affect offsetting receipts (which are treated as reductions in direct spending).

 (Full text of H.R. 220 at congress.gov)

Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] (Introduced 01/03/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 – 1 (Roll no. 330).

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Cost to the taxpayers:  . Because FERC recovers 100 percent of its costs through user fees, however, any change in that agency’s costs (which are controlled through annual appropriation acts) would be offset by an equal change in fees that the commission charges, resulting in no net change in federal spending.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Because H.R. 220 would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 220 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 220 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:      This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Duplication of programs: Does not

Direct Rule-Making:  Does not

Advisory Committee Statement: Does not create an advisory committee

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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