- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
- Passed by House 11/8/17
WHAT IT DOES
Improves licensing and re-licensing for non-federal hydropower facilities.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act aims to help the roughly 400 hydropower projects that will be up for relicensing by 2030, representing 18,000 megawatts of capacity. The bill would also clear the way for additions to domestic hydropower capacity, including generation to non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage.