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Hydropower: Federal and Nonfederal Investment
Kelsi Bracmort (au); Charles V. Stern (au); Adam Vann (au)
Congress is examining numerous energy sources to determine their contribution to the nationäó»s energy portfolio and the federal role in supporting these sources. Hydropower, the use of flowing water to produce electricity, is one such source; it accounted for approx. 6% of total U.S. net electricity generation in 2010. The advantages of hydropower include its status as a continuous, or baseload, power source that releases minimal air pollutants during power generation relative to fossil fuels. Some of its disadvantages, depending on the type of hydropower plant, include high initial capital costs, ecosystem disruption, and reduced generation during low water years and seasons. Hydropower project ownership can be categorized as federal or nonfederal. The bulk of federal projects are owned and managed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nonfederal projects are licensed and overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Comm. (FERC). Contents of this report: Background; Federal Hydropower; Nonfederal Hydropower; Legislative Questions; Conclusion. Figure. This is a print on demand report.
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