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S.545: 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 Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 12 (9 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced March 13, 2013
Latest Major Action June 3, 2013
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Bill Summary

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.

Waives license requirements for any conduit hydroelectric facility that: (1) uses for electric power generation only the hydroelectric pot...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 3, 2013 By Senator Wyden from Committee on Energy and Natural Resources filed written report. Report No. 113-36.
May 13, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 69.
May 13, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Wyden with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
May 8, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
April 23, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-24.
March 13, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.