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RC Byrd hydro project licensed at Army Corps locks and dam

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Federal hydropower regulators have issued an original license to an Ohio city to construct, operate, and maintain a 50-megawatt hydroelectric project at an existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam site. If developed...more

Forest City Dam petition for declaratory order

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The owner of a dam and reservoir spanning the East Branch of the St. Croix River on the international boundary between the United States and Canada has applied to federal regulators for a ruling that the project will no...more

AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

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Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

FERC issues license for Monongahela Locks and Dam 4 project

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U.S. hydropower regulators have issued an original license for a proposed 12-megawatt hydropower project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Monongahela Locks and Dam 4 facility on the Monongahela River, in...more

Licensee seeks West Branch and Sysladobsis Dam amendment

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A Maine dam owner has applied to federal regulators seeking to exclude from its hydropower license one of two dam-based developments which comprise the project. At issue is the January 31, 2017 application of Woodland Pulp...more

Boom in FERC hydro relicensing

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U.S. federal hydropower regulatory staff currently has a full workload processing original license, relicense, and exemption applications, as well as its compliance and dam safety work, according to testimony presented to...more

Adding micro-hydro to licensed hydropower project

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What happens when a FERC hydropower licensee applies for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of developing a micro-hydro project, where the new project will be sited at an existing project's dam? In a recent case...more

New Jersey FERC license surrender and dam removal

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U.S. energy regulators have accepted an application to surrender the licensee for a New Jersey hydropower project. Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted Great Bear Hydropower Inc.'s...more

Hydro license transfers and fitness

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U.S. hydropower regulators have approved the transfer of the license for an Idaho hydroelectric process, despite an argument that the transferee is not fit to operate the project. At issue is the Smith Creek Project, No....more

Hydro relicensing and intervention timing

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues hydropower licenses for terms of up to 50 years. At least 5 years before license expiration, the licensee is required to notify the Commission and the public whether it intends...more

FERC relicensing and annual licenses

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What happens when the holder of a hydropower license applies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license, but the original license expires before the relicensing case is resolved? Depending on which federal...more

FERC rejects BOST1 preliminary permit application

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If the holder of a preliminary permit under section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act to study the feasibility of a proposed hydropower project is denied a successive permit to study the same project at the same site, will the...more

FERC staff recommends against Bear River dam

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Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have recommended against licensing a dam, reservoir, and hydropower project proposed for the Bear River near Preston, Idaho. The case involves a 2013 application by...more

West Branch storage project relicensed

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Earlier this month U.S. hydropower regulators issued a new license for the West Branch Project, which includes water storage facilities on the West Branch of the St. Croix River in Maine. The Federal Energy Regulatory...more

Wisconsin municipal hydro project license extended

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Federal energy regulators have granted a Wisconsin city's request to extend its hydropower project license for five years to allow time for comprehensive river corridor planning. The March 17 order was the result of a...more

FERC rules off-grid micro-hydro needs no license

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Federal hydropower regulators have granted reconsideration of a 2015 order finding licensing required for an off-grid micro-hydropower project proposed in Massachusetts. Based on newly submitted evidence that the proposed...more

Washington tidal power license surrendered

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U.S. hydropower regulators have accepted a Washington public utility district's application to surrender its license for an unconstructed tidal power project. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington...more

Complaint over FERC hydro project property transfers

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What happens when the holder of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a hydropower project buys, sells, or transfers real estate that is part of the project? A complaint recently filed with the Commission raises...more

FERC relicenses Waterbury hydro project

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More than 16 years after Green Mountain Power Corporation applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license to continue operation and maintenance of its Waterbury Hydroelectric Project on the Little River...more

Restoring old mill hydro sites and FERC licensure

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Suppose you own an existing water powered mill complex whose hydromechanical facilities have not been operational for decades. You would like to develop a hydropower project at the site, using the existing dam, headrace, and...more

FERC requires licensure of Alaska hydropower project

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What happens when federal hydropower regulators discover an unlicensed project subject to their jurisdiction? A recent case involving a dam at a remote Alaskan fish hatchery ended with an order requiring the project owner to...more

FERC dam license transfers, death and estates

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What happens when an individual person dies holding a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a hydroelectric project? While their will may specify an heir for the dam and project works, the process of inheriting a...more

NH conduit hydropower project approved

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Federal regulators have determined that a proposed hydropower facility at a New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant can be built without a license, under a recently enacted law. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

FERC tests 2-year hydropower licensing process

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Licensing some new hydropower projects in the United States -- traditionally a lengthy process -- may soon become easier, as federal regulators have approved an experimental two-year process that may soon be used to license...more

Snohomish tidal project wins FERC pilot license

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Federal regulators have issued a pilot license for a proposed tidal energy project in Washington. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of...more

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