[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] On July 24, 1880, the nation’s first hydropower facility was run to provide clean, renewable and reliable power to a factory in Michigan. Yesterday — 125 years later — members of a House-Senate conference committee on comprehensive energy legislation (H.R. 6) agreed to provisions that will improve the licensing process for the nation’s 1,600 non-federal hydropower projects. The provisions adopted by the conference committee allow a hydropower project licensee or any other party to a licensing proceeding to offer cost or power-saving alternatives to the mandatory operating conditions that are placed on hydropower projects by federal resource agencies (Departments of the Interior, Commerce and Agriculture). For more information via a full press release from the National Hydropower Association, see the following link.