Power Policy

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Emergence of New Federal Power Policy

Administration's Emphasis on Partnership Approach

Federal policy on the development of electric power from the nation's water resources has been undergoing a change of direction since the Eisenhower administration took office. The full extent of the change remains to be determined, but it is plain that the administration wants to put brakes on the trend which for more than two decades has been taking the federal government increasingly into the field of hydroelectric power production and distribution. Nothing so drastic as turning over existing projects to private interests, or closing the door entirely on additional public projects, is contemplated. However, the President and his advisers appear resolved to hold federal power activities to a minimum. Instead of championing public power ...

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