This program, as part of our Beyond the News series, will focus on the opportunities for and challenges in developing new hydroelectric projects in light of two new federal statutes enacted last summer.

Obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to develop new hydroelectric projects in the United States has become particularly challenging in recent years. In August, President Obama signed two bills into law—the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act—that are designed to reduce regulatory requirements, shorten the regulatory approval process, and make new sites available for the development of low-impact hydroelectric projects.

Our panel will examine these new statutes and discuss whether and to what extent they will increase the likelihood that new low-impact hydroelectric projects will get built.

Join us for this luncheon discussion in Ballard Spahr’s Washington, D.C., office or online via WebEx as our guest panel explores this topic and addresses your questions.  


Daniel R. Simon, Partner, Ballard Spahr


Mark Robinson, Principal, JMR Energy Infra, LLC

George O'Connor, Partner, Ryan, MacKinnon, Vasapoli and Berzok, LLP  

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