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Federal Agencies Extend MOU for Hydropower Development

The Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Department of the Army for Civil Works (Army Corps of Engineers) announced that they have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The new agreement is an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower the three agencies signed in 2010.

In the new agreement- termed an Action Plan- the agencies commit to working toward the following:

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HRC Offers Recommendations for Implementation of the MOU between DOI and DOE

Through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, the Hydropower Reform Coalition supported the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the two departments for offshore energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic.

The Departments reached the MOU last month, in which they agreed to work together for development of wind and marine & hydrokinetic energy.

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DOI, DOE and Army Corps Sign a MOU: Federal Agencies To Look at Basin-wide Assessment for Hydropower Development

In what seems like a progress from conventional ways of looking at hydropower, federal agencies that own and operate hydropower projects around the country are collaborating to find ways to increase hydropower generation while at the same time protecting the non-power interests of the basin.

The officials of the Departments of Interior, Energy and Army, through the Army Corps of Engineers, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that, among other things, looks to approach hydropower development from a basin-scale approach.

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FERC and MMS Provide Further Clarification

Following a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Minerals Management Services (MMS) have issued a guidance document that clarifies a lot of the process and jurisdictional questions regarding development of hydrokinetic projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).Per the MOU, MMS will issue leases for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) projects in the OCS, w

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http://hydroreform.org/sites/default/files/2009-08-03%20MMS-FERC%20Guidance.pdf

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