Week ending July 21, 2017
H.R.2786 – To amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility.
Under the Federal Power Act (FPA), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues licenses for projects within its jurisdiction, and exemptions for projects that would be located at existing dams or within conduits, as long as these projects meet specific criteria. Exemptions are perpetual, and thus do not need to be renewed. Congress established qualifying conduit exemptions under the provisions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013. That legislation amended section 30 of the FPA to allow FERC to issue exemptions for generation projects that use the hydroelectric potential of manmade conduits that are operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption, and not primarily for generation of electricity. – cbo
H.R. 2786 would provide benefits to a greater range of conduit hydropower projects by shortening the 45-day notice period to 30 days, and allowing larger conduit projects to be eligible for exemption from FERC’s jurisdiction.
(Full text of H.R. 2786 at congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 06/06/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 – 2 (Roll no. 384).
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: Data not available
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Data not available
Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available
Dynamic Scoring: Data not available
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: Pursuant to clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI, [the Committee finds that H.R. 2786 contains no earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits.
Duplication of programs: Pursuant to clause 3(c)(5) of rule XIII, no provision of H.R. 2786 is known to be duplicative of another Federal program
Direct Rule-Making: Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, the Committee finds that H.R. 2786 contains no directed rule makings
Advisory Committee Statement: No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this legislation.
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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