In congressional news, the Spokesman Review is reporting that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has proposed a new bill that would allow hydroelectic dams to be licensed quicker and let the feds waive licensing requirements for smaller projects. McMorris Rodgers, a big supporter of hydropower in Washington introduced the “Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act.
“Hydropower is one of America’s top renewable energy sources and accounts for roughly 70% of our clean energy in Washington state,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement. “Building a clean energy future doesn’t happen without prioritizing the continued development of hydroelectric energy resources.”
McMorris Rodgers’ bill, the Hydropower Clean Energy Future Act would ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to report to Congress what is slowing hydropower projects. It would also designate dams as a renewable energy source. That would require the feds to purchase the energy under existing rules.