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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
integrated licensing process benefits1
Integrated LicensingProcess Benefits
  • Process plan and schedule
  • Early study plan development and informal/formal dispute resolution
  • Enhanced Tribal Consultation
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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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