H.R.267: Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about water resources development
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Sponsor Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
Total Cosponsors 9 (5 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Aug. 9, 2013
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Bill Progress

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  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House passed version is repeated here.)

Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 - (Sec. 3) Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to increase from 5,000 to 10,000 kilowatts the size of small hydroelectric power projects which the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may exempt from its license requirements.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Federal Power Act to revise the limitation on the maximum installation capacity of qualifying conduit hydropower facilities that are eligible for an exemption from licensing requirements.

Requires any person, state, or municipality proposing to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility to file with FERC a notice of intent to do so. Requires FERC, within 15 days after receiving such a notice of intent, to make an initial determination as to whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria.


(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Aug. 9, 2013 Became Public Law No: 113-23.
Aug. 9, 2013 Signed by President.
Aug. 6, 2013 Presented to President.
Aug. 2, 2013 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Aug. 1, 2013 Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6257)
June 3, 2013 By Senator Wyden from Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filed written report. Report No. 113-38.
May 13, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 71.
May 13, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Wyden without amendment. Without written report.
May 8, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
April 23, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-24.
Feb. 14, 2013 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Feb. 13, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Feb. 13, 2013

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 422 - 0 (Roll no. 40). (text: CR 2/12/2013 H439-440)

Feb. 13, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H481)
Feb. 12, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Feb. 12, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 267.
Feb. 12, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H439-441)
Feb. 12, 2013 Mr. Whitfield moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
Feb. 4, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 4.
Feb. 4, 2013 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 113-6.
Jan. 18, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Jan. 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.