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Hydroelectric Licensing Regulations. Final Rule July 23, 2003 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects Office of the General Counsel. Rulemaking Process. Sept 2002 – Rulemaking initiated Oct/Nov/Dec – Regional Forums, Drafting Session, Comments February 2003 – NOPR

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Hydroelectric licensing regulations

Hydroelectric Licensing Regulations

Final Rule

July 23, 2003

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Office of Energy Projects

Office of the General Counsel


Rulemaking process

Rulemaking Process

  • Sept 2002 – Rulemaking initiated

  • Oct/Nov/Dec – Regional Forums, Drafting Session, Comments

  • February 2003 – NOPR

  • Mar/Apr/May – Reg. Workshops, Drafting Session, NOPR Comments

  • July 2003 - Final Rule


Integrated licensing process goals

Integrated LicensingProcess Goals

  • Improves process efficiency, predictability, and timeliness

  • Balances stakeholder interests

  • Improves the quality of decision making


Integrated licensing process benefits

Integrated LicensingProcess Benefits

  • Coordination w/ other processes

  • Concurrent NEPA scoping and application preparation

  • Increased public participation

  • Early Commission staff assistance


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Integrated LicensingProcess Benefits

  • Process plan and schedule

  • Early study plan development and informal/formal dispute resolution

  • Enhanced Tribal Consultation


Hydroelectric licensing regulations

Final Rule

Transition Timeline

Rule Issued

7/23/2003

Rule Effective

10/23/2003

ILP Default

7/23/2005

  • PAD req. for TLP & ALP

  • Applicant Choice:

    • TLP

    • ALP

    • ILP

  • New Application Requirements


Post nopr modifications

Post-NOPR Modifications

  • Improved Pre-Application Document

  • More time for informal study dispute resolution

  • Preliminary Licensing Proposal in place of Draft License Application


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Post-NOPR Modifications

  • Water Quality Certification Application moved to REA Notice

  • Keep existing NEPA Cooperating Agency Policy

  • Tribal Consultation Meeting


Post rule activities

Post-Rule Activities

  • Training & Outreach

    • Individual Project & Regional Training

    • Tribal Outreach

  • Effectiveness study


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