The Trump Effect on U.S. Hydropower

The following post was co-authored by Tom Russo and Kleinschmidt Principal, Kelly Schaeffer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could play a lead role in increasing the number of hydropower projects licensed at its navigation and flood control dams. The biggest challenge to realizing this is not the lack of legislation or new regulations, but rather the lack of experience and familiarity with the review of hydropower project proposals. The Trump Administration’s penchant for results over process may provide added incentives to both the Corps and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cooperate and facilitate more hydropower development at Corps dams. Successfully implementing a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between these two agencies is the key to success.

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