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  1. U.S. House stalling Energy Policy Modernization Act as Congressional adjournment approaches

    Efforts to enact the Energy Policy Modernization Act during the waning days of the current Congressional session seem to have been thwarted as the House of Representatives awaits the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The bill -- introduced in July 2015 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. -- could have had a significant impact on the conventional hydroelectric power and marine energy sectors through changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's licensing process and the extension of incentives given by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005. Though the legislation passed the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan majority in April, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has indicated it will not see his chamber's floor before Congress adjourns this month. "The House may want to claim that this bill cannot move forward because we are running out of time," Murkowski said. "The reality is that the House is attempting to run us out of time, in order to prevent this bill from moving forward, even though it contains the priorities of dozens of its members." Murkowski , who has championed a number of hydro-related efforts while serving as chair on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said the Senate has already made a number of concessions for the House, making the House's apparent refusal to hear the bill all the more frustrating to the Senate. "Despite some recent assertions that there are many items left to be sorted out, we have now resolved all but two issues for our conference report," Murkowski said. "Both of those issues can easily be resolved, in plenty of time before congressional adjournment, if the will exists in the House to work through them in good faith. "In fact, on both issues, the Senate has already written and proposed the modifications we know are necessary to reach final agreement, only to receive no substantive response." If not passed during this Congressional session, the bill would have to begin a fresh start through the legislative process next year. Whether or not Trump's White House would make such sweeping changes a priority -- or agree to them -- is debatable. "We should capitalize on these long and hard-fought agreements and should enact them before going home for the year and having to start over again in the next Congress," Cantwell said. "If we miss this opportunity now, we are not likely to have one next year." Meanwhile, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act remains in consideration, though its passage is also in doubt. The WIIN Act is the result of bicameral negotiations that combines aspects from similar versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 passed separately by both the House and Senate earlier this year. The current Congressional session is officially scheduled to extend through December 16. However reports indicate legislators could decide to end it as early as today.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. NRC Renews Operating License for Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant

    GGNS is a boiling-water reactor operated by Entergy in Port Gibson, about 20 miles southwest of Vicksburg.

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    Thu, 1 Dec 2016

  3. Brazil reviewing licensing, Petrobras’ future role

    Ibama, Brazil’s federal environmental regulator, is working on a faster, simpler, and standardized environmental licensing process , according to new director Rose Hofmann.

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    Fri, 28 Oct 2016

  4. GE Hitachi, Southern Nuclear to collaborate on advanced nuclear reactors

    GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Southern Nuclear have agreed to collaborate in studying the development and licensing of advanced nuclear reactors including GEH’s PRISM sodium-cooled fast reactor design 

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  1. Magnolia Power project begins California licensing process

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    Tue, 15 May 2001

  2. Balance missing in hydro licensing process , NHA says

    The president of the National Hydropower Association testified that legislative changes were still necessary to address fundamental problems in the hydropower licensing process .

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    Fri, 9 Mar 2001

  3. City of Juneau approves Conditional Use Permit for 19.8-MW Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric project

    On Aug. 23, the Juneau Planning Commission unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit for the 19.8-MW Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric project, but Juneau Hydropower Inc., the company that will build the facility, still needs a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin ...

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  4. FERC rejects Loxbridge permit app on 700-MW hydro project in Oregon

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 2 rejected an April 25 application from Loxbridge Partners LLC for a preliminary permit under which it was to study the feasibility of the proposed McNary Second Powerhouse Project.

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    Tue, 6 Sep 2016

  5. New hydro licensing process holds promise of faster, more informed decisions

    FERC has taken a major step to streamline the licensing of hydropower projects by adopting a new, more efficient process that is better coordinated with the processes of other federal and state agencies and Native Americans.

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    Fri, 25 Jul 2003

  6. Proposal would overhaul hydro licensing process

    FERC on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive plan that will result in a more efficient and timely process while balancing stakeholder interests and improving the quality of decision making.

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2003

  7. Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage license could cost $330mn

    The chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said completing the licensing process for Yucca Mountain would cost an additional $330 million.

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    Tue, 10 Mar 2015

  8. FERC seeks experts to serve on hydro licensing dispute resolution panels

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requests applications from resource experts to serve on hydropower licensing study dispute resolution panels as part of FERC's integrated licensing process

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    Wed, 11 Mar 2015

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