Full Title: Ebbing The Flow Of Hydropower Red Tape
Author(s): Devin Hartman and Tom Russo
Publisher(s): R Street Institute
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
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Whether the United States can retain and expand domestic hydropower will depend significantly on the extent to which it is able to enact regulatory reform. Despite common arguments to the contrary, hydropower is far from “tapped out,” as evidenced by a recent U.S. Energy Department (DOE) study that found the potential for hydropower to grow nearly 50 percent beyond its current capacity. Reforms to permitting and regulatory processes—the most commonly cited challenges associated with hydropower development—may unleash much of this potential.