Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Licensing Support

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Licensing Support

Under the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the exclusive authority to license non-federal hydropower projects on navigable waterways and federal lands with review of state and federal agencies. Building and operating hydropower projects can affect the natural environment and result in changes to land use, which may be of concern to local citizens and non-governmental organizations.

On July 23, 2003, FERC issued a Final Rule to revise its regulations pertaining to hydroelectric licensing under the Federal Power Act. Effective October 23, 2003, the revisions would create a new licensing process, the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). ECORP is proficient at FERC licensing and relicensing, using ILP, Alternative Licensing Procedure (ALP), and Traditional Licensing Process (TLP). ECORP has conducted several FERC licensing and relicensing efforts, often leading the collaborative effort, and providing technical support for required study elements.

Listed below are the elements, required by the ILP:

  • Geology and soils
  • Water resources
  • Fish and aquatic resources
  • Wildlife and botanical resources
  • Wetlands, riparian and littoral habitat
  • Rare, threatened and endangered species
  • Recreation and land use
  • Aesthetic resources
  • Cultural resources
  • Socio-economic resources
  • Tribal resources
  • River basin description
  • Dispute resolution (computer-aided)

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