Protect Hydroelectric Generation and Transmission Facilities

January 13, 2018

In Support of Legislation to Protect Hydroelectric Generation and Transmission Facilities, Located in Federal Watersheds, from the Threat of Catastrophic Wildfires

Resolution 17-05
Sponsors: Placer County Water Agency; Northern California Power Agency

Under Section 10(e)(1) of the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) assesses annual charges for federal land use by hydropower project licensees.  In 2015, FERC collected approximately $11.5 million.  After FERC collects the fees, they are allocated 12.5 percent to the U.S. Treasury, 50 percent to the federal reclamation fund, and 37.5 percent to the states in which the projects are located.  There is no direct nexus to the collection of these charges and active management of the federal lands where the hydropower projects are located.

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