H.R.2880 – Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act

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H.R.2880 – Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act


HR 2880 amends the Federal Power Act to promote closed-loop pumped storage hydropower.

The term ‘closed-loop pumped storage project’ means a project in which the upper and lower reservoirs do not impound or directly withdraw water from navigable waters; or that is not continuously connected to a naturally flowing water feature.

Before issuing any license for a closed-loop pumped storage project, the Commission shall assess the safety of existing dams and other structures related to the project (including possible consequences associated with failure of such structures).

With respect to a closed-loop pumped storage project, the authority of the Commission to impose conditions on a license shall not apply, and any condition included in or applicable to a closed-loop pumped storage project licensed under this section, including any condition or other requirement of a Federal authorization, shall be limited to those that are—

“(1) necessary to protect public safety; or

“(2) reasonable, economically feasible, and essential to prevent loss of or damage to, or to mitigate adverse effects on, fish and wildlife resources directly caused by the construction and operation of the project, as compared to the environmental baseline existing at the time the Commission completes its environmental review.

(Full text of H.R. 2880 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 06/12/2017)

Status:  Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

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Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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