Certification bodies for Hydroelectricity
The regulations and certification for hydroelectricity in the US is largely covered by one body called the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC). It is responsible for licencing new major constructions and carrying out safety inspections. It is also concerned with protecting environmental issues such as wildlife and native American lands.
With the need to develop more clean energy in recent years, the FERC has introduced new incentives for the promotion of this technology and to encourage both large scale and micro hydro initiatives.
Each state however will have its own certification and regulations in place because of the need to protect water courses, particularly in areas that have large amounts of agricultural land or are subject to drought conditions. In some states it is actually illegal to install hydroelectric or even take part in efficiency measures such as rainwater harvesting. For instance, Ohio has a Green-e certification program that assesses new hydro initiatives.