June 15, 2012--Small hydro legislation inches forward (Telluride Watch)

Small hydro advocates across the country are one baby step closer toward their goal of loosening the federal regulatory noose strangling their industry. On June 7, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012 on a voice vote with no objections and no amendments. “There was praise from both sides of the aisle for the bipartisan cooperation shown on the bill by committee staff and for the leadership by Reps. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and DeGette (D-CO),” noted Kurt Johnson, who has advocated for the passage of the bill. Johnson is the President of the Colorado Small Hydro Association and Principal at Telluride Energy, a small hydro development and consulting firm.

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