H. Rept. 115-176 1 (2017-06-12)

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                      115TH CONGRESS                                            REPORT
                         1st Session     HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES               115-176







                         J. BENNETT JOHNSTON WATERWAY HYDROPOWER
                                          EXTENSION ACT OF 2017



                       JUNE 12, 2017.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of
                                          the Union and ordered to be printed



                         Mr. WALDEN, from the Committee on Energy and Commerce,
                                            submitted the following


                                                REPORT

                                              [To accompany H.R. 2457]

                        The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to whom was referred
                     the bill (H.R. 2457) to extend the deadline for commencement of
                     construction of certain hydroelectric projects, having considered the
                     same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and rec-
                     ommend that the bill as amended do pass.
                        The amendment is as follows:
                        Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the following:
                     SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
                       This Act may be cited as the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower Exten-
                       sion Act of 2017.
                     SEC. 2. EXTENSION.
                       (a) IN GENERAL.-Notwithstanding the time period specified in section 13 of the
                     Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 806) that would otherwise apply to Federal Energy
                     Regulatory Commission project numbers 12756, 12757, and 12758, the Commission
                     may, at the request of the licensee for the applicable project, and after reasonable
                     notice, in accordance with the good faith, due diligence, and public interest require-
                     ments of that section and the Commission's procedures under that section, extend
                     the time period during which such licensee is required to commence the construction
                     of its applicable project for up to 3 consecutive 2-year periods from the date of the
                     expiration of any extension issued by the Commission under that section for such
                     project.
                       (b) OBLIGATION FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL CHARGES.-Any obligation of a licensee
                     for a project described in subsection (a) for the payment of annual charges under
                     section 10(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 803(e)) shall commence when the
                     construction of the project commences.
                       (c) REINSTATEMENT OF LICENSE; EFFECTIVE DATE FOR EXTENSION.-
                           (1) REINSTATEMENT.-If the time period required for commencement of con-
                         struction of a project described in subsection (a) has expired prior to the date
                         of the enactment of this Act, the Commission may reinstate the license for such
                         project, effective as of the date of the expiration of the license.
                         69-006

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