H.R. 2786 promotes the development of small conduit hydropower facilities by requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to determine whether a facility meets qualifying small conduit facility criteria within 30 days of receipt of a notice of intent to construct (down from 45 days in current law). The legislation also strikes the five megawatt cap on qualifying conduit hydropower facilities.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 18, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on July 12, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
(Sec.1)This bill amends the Federal Power Act to revise the criteria for a facility to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility.
Under current law, a hydropower facility must have a capacity that does not exceed five megawatts.This bill eliminates such requirement.
Additionally, the bill revises the time frame from 45 days to 30 days for an entity to contest whether its hydroelectric facility meets the qualifying criteria.