WGA urges the Department of Energy’s Water Power and Technologies Office to collaborate with western states in any effort to shape federal policy on hydropower licensing.
“DOE should take affirmative steps to ensure that the voices, expertise and insights of western states are adequately represented in its Stakeholder Working Group,” states the letter signed by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury. “WGA views this as an opportunity to improve the state-federal relationship, a principal policy objective of Western Governors.”
The Jan. 24 letter to Water Power Technologies Office Director Alejandro Moreno included WGA Policy Resolution 2018-08, Water Resource Management in the West, as well as previous correspondence to DOE communicating the expectation of Western Governors that the Department will provide states with opportunities for early, meaningful and substantive input in the development of regulatory policies.
“Western states have intimate and hands-on knowledge of hydropower licensing and associated state water quality certification processes that would be invaluable to your examination of the licensing and authorization process. Governors’ involvement will help assure that all the areas of state interest impacted are properly integrated into this exercise.”