Ensuring Communities Benefit from Water Power Activities in Their Backyards
Community Benefits Programs.
Biden Administration’s Justice 40 Initiative.
Energy and Environmental Justice.
These are important initiatives, but what do they really mean in terms of day-to-day work by hydro project owners and developers and in-the-field researchers?
As part of applying for federal funds – including those appropriated from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act for hydroelectric incentives or funding opportunity announcements for research, the applicants are required to show they have a robust Community Benefits Program.
How should the industry, its advocates, and other entities such as the U.S. Department of Energy ensure that a Community Benefits Program become part and parcel of business plans and not just “checking the box”?