NHA’s Vision: A New Era of Growth & Vitality. NHA Midwest Regional Meeting Presentation May 18, 2011. NHA Overview. NHA Board’s 4 Strategic Goals. Double Hydropower Capacity and Green Hydropower Jobs by 2025 Elevate NHA’s Voice to a Position of Major Influence on Public Policy
of Growth & Vitality
NHA Midwest Regional Meeting Presentation
May 18, 2011
Double Hydropower Capacity and Green Hydropower Jobs by 2025
Elevate NHA’s Voice to a Position of Major Influence on Public Policy
Support a Strong Financial and Revenue Position
Build a High Performance Board and Leadership Structure
Enact comprehensive set of energy policy and tax incentive provisions
Advance a smarter licensing and permitting process for certain minimal impact projects
Implement a strategic positioning public affairs campaign
Develop a strategy to build NHA resources
Grant Program: for efficiency improvements and capacity additions; adding generation to non-powered dams; addressing aging infrastructure; conduit projects; environmental studies and mitigation measures.
Non-powered Dams and Pumped Storage: potential 2-year licensing process development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.
Conduit and Small Hydro: Allows conduit projects on federal lands and directs MOUs to better coordinate reviews. Requires regional workshops/outreach on small hydro and conduit projects.
Federal Hydropower Development: Requires DOE, DOI and the Corps of Engineers to report to Congress on the implementation of the March 24, 2010 MOU on increasing federal hydropower development. Also directs FERC and BuRec to complete a new MOU to improve the coordination of non-federal hydropower development at Bureau projects.
R&D Program: Requires DOE to develop and implement a plan to increase the nation’s use of hydropower through research, development, and demonstration initiatives.
Studies: Directs DOE to study pumped storage opportunities on federal and non-federal lands near existing or potential sites of intermittent renewable development; DOE study of conduit potential. BuREC to study barriers to non-federal development at their projects.
NHA is positioning hydro legislation as one of the small nuggets that can be accomplished in a Congress that is unlikely to take on large comprehensive energy legislation.
Section 48C manufacturers ITC: Funding currently allocated. Seek extension and additional funding.
Other tax incentives: Accelerated depreciation, bonus depreciation, etc.
NHA Member use of incentives: Since 2005, 69 projects have been PTC certified, increasing generation on average 12 percent.
Public power members received $570 million in CREBs allocations
4 projects have received Section 1603 grants – $4.3 million
3 equipment manufacturers received 48C allocations - $67 million
Tax policy will be more difficult and will require a unified and strategic renewables strategy. Opportunities may not come until the end of the year.
FERC Annual Charges: Submitted comments this year on FERC NOI for methodology for payment of use of federal lands.
FERC-Corps MOU: Signed just before the NHA conference, better coordination between the agencies was apriority identified in 2010
CORPs MHK Nation-wide Permit: NHA through the OTNTC, filed comments on the proposal
Regulatory Committee Compliance Calls: The Committee has reinstituted regular calls to discuss issues of interest by members. First call held on ESA bi-op delays in the SE.
High Wind/ Water Events: Following BPA proposals to address integration and grid reliability issues during these events.
National and Local Press Opportunities: Leveraging our members and working with our public affairs consultants for positive hydro stories both nationally (such as HIA of 2011; NHA conference) and locally (OSAW winner outreach; telling individual member stories).
New Studies: In 2010, updated the Navigant Consulting hydro growth and jobs study. Conducted political and public messaging on hydro with public poll, DC policy rep interviews.
International Opportunities: NHA has received numerous inquiries on international hydro development opportunities seeking U.S. partnership and is asked to speak to international dignitaries from across the globe on the state of the U.S. hydro industry.
NHA Website: Newly redesigned website with much more content (NHA press releases, hydro stats, FAQ, hydro technology descriptions, Legislative Action Center, events, news stories, social media).
NHA Tax Manual: In-depth report prepared by Ernst & Young providing information on existing tax incentives to support hydro development.
NHA Meetings/Listservs: Provide forums for NHA members to communicate with one another on issues, seek solutions, and share information.
Director of Government Affairs
National Hydropower Association
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