This week the House of Representatives passed H.R.678, The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act by a vote of 416-7.
H.R. 678, sponsored by Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO), would expand the production of hydropower on Bureau of Reclamation canals by easing the regulatory burden placed on hydropower and reducing administrative costs for small canal and pipeline projects.
The bill seeks to jumpstart hydropower development on Reclamation conduits (canals and water pipelines) allowing a non-federal entity to generate hydropower and pay a rental fee to the federal government. Removing duplicative regulatory costs and paperwork will allow these types of projects to move forward in a timely and cost-effective manner.
"I was proud to vote for this important piece of legislation," said Congressman Mullin. "Supporting this legislation means supporting a true "all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help all sectors of our economy. In Oklahoma, our energy sector is thriving and our pro-business climate has fostered an economic boom in our state."