WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy and Commerce Committee has been leading Congressional efforts to boost our nation’s energy infrastructure and cut bureaucratic red tape.
This week, President Trump signed seven hydropower bills into law, five of which were from the Energy and Commerce Committee. This legislation is a true victory for consumers as it will lower costs for ratepayers, reduce emissions, and create jobs by allowing for more domestic energy production.
Trump Signs Bills to Build Vital Rural Hydroelectric Dams
President Donald Trump signed bills Monday extending the amount of time before construction must start on five hydroelectric dams across five states.
The bills cover dams located in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Each piece of legislation gives the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) the authority to extend the deadline for construction to begin up to six years and reinstate each project’s construction license if it expires.
Hydropower is considered clean energy and does not produce any carbon emissions.
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In June 2017, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 446, H.R. 447, H.R. 951, H.R. 2122, and H.R. 2292, and the House passed these bills that same month. In June 2018, the Senate passed the bills with overwhelming bipartisan support.
In addition to the five Energy and Commerce bills, President Trump also signed H.R. 219 and H.R. 220, relating to hydroelectric projects in Alaska.
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