Logan City’s Adventures in Micro-Hydropower: How Federal Regulations Discourage Renewable Energy Development
by Megan E. Hansen, et al.
December 04, 2013
Working Paper Series
Small-scale hydropower is one of the most promising new sources of clean power. Cities like Logan, Utah, are taking advantage of the opportunity to develop green energy in their own backyards by installing micro-hydropower systems. As they do so, they often find themselves trapped in a frustrating regulatory system that costs them time and money. Although micro-hydro projects usually have limited or even no environmental effects, the federal permitting process is onerous.