S. 276, To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir

S. 276

To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir

Sponsor
Sen. James E. Risch

Date
September 10, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the House will consider S. 276, A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir, under suspension of the rules.  S. 276 was introduced by Sen. James Risch (R-ID) and passed the Senate on June 19, 2013 by unanimous consent.  The bill was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Bill Summary

S. 276 requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reinstate the license and extend for three years the deadline for commencement of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir.

Background

“The American Falls Dam system [in Idaho] contains 1,700,000 acre-feet of water with 125 miles of shoreline.”[1]  “The American Falls Dam Reservoir No. 2 was completed in 1927 as a state hydro project and operates under a license from [FERC].  The license is expired and FERC re-licensing requires congressional action and presidential approval.”[2]  S. 276 provides for such re-licensing to “allow construction and efficiency work on American Falls Dam Reservoir No. 2.”[3]

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[1] Sen. James Risch, American Falls Dam Project Relicensing Passes the U.S. Senate (June 20, 2013).
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing S. 276 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.