H.R. 316: Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act

H.R. 316

Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
February 12, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 316, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 18, 2013, by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and referred to the Committee on Energy & Commerce.  The Committee reported the bill by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 316 authorizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reinstate two terminated hydroelectric licenses for the Upper and Lower Collinsville Dams on the Farmington River in Connecticut and to transfer those licenses to the Town of Canton, Connecticut.

Background

According to the Energy & Commerce Committee, FERC had previously issued the licenses for the redevelopment of hydropower at the Upper and Lower Collinsville Dams in Connecticut.  The dams have been shut down since the mid-1960s.  In 2007, FERC announced that the licenses would be terminated because the developer had not commenced construction.  The town of Canton, Connecticut is requesting that the licenses be reinstated and transferred to them so that they can move ahead with the projects.  (See Committee Report 113-7.)

Note: Nearly identical legislation, H.R. 5625, passed the House in the 112th Congress under suspension on June 26, 2012.  For further background, please see here.

Cost

According to CBO, because FERC recovers its costs through user fees, H.R. 316 would have no net budgetary impact.  H.R. 316 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.