It’s Official: FERC Final Rule Issued to Eliminate FERC Form 80 Recreation Report Requirement

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FERC-Dam-300x200As I originally reported in July, on May 17, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate Section 8.11, which would remove the requirement to file a Form 80 report every six years. The form was used to provide information on recreation use and capacity.

Today FERC issued a Final Rule that eliminates the requirement for the FERC Form 80 report.

Recreational use monitoring will still occur at FERC-regulated hydropower projects and will be reported on a case-by-case basis. This Final Rule offers a significant improvement to the system. Previously, recreational use reports were required to be submitted for all FERC-regulated hydropower projects with recreation every six years. The standard Form 80 originated in 1965.

The Final Rule will become effective within 90 days of its publication in the Federal Register.

If you’d like to discuss this or other Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower licensing related concerns, please give me a call.


Shawn Puzen

About the Author

Shawn Puzen is the FERC Compliance and Licensing Manager for Mead & Hunt. He has a unique blend of experience as a utility industry environmental consultant well-respected by the regulatory agencies with a solid record of performance in fulfilling federal, state and local regulatory and resource requirements. He is the former president of the Midwest Hydro Users Group and was on the Steering Committee for the 2016 and 2017 HydroVision International Conference.

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