Federal Energy Regulatory Commission takes action on hydroelectric project license terms
During the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting on Thursday, October 19th, the commission approved increasing the 30-year default license term to a 40-year default license term. This will apply to all license applications received for non-federal projects after this decision is public noticed.
Under the ruling, a license can be issued for a term greater than or less than 40 years under any of the following three conditions:
- To coordinate with license expirations within the same river basin
- If it is part of a Settlement Agreement
- If there are significant voluntary measures and/or investment implemented during the previous license or significant required measures and/or investment during the current license.
For license applications already submitted, where a license has not yet been issued, the licensee can file an addendum to the application to support the issuance of a 40-year default license term.
The commission will not accept applications to extend license terms to a default 40-year term based solely upon the commission’s ruling, changing the default term to 40 years.
This is a significant action on the part of the commission, and it is expected to increase investment in existing and new hydroelectric projects and reduce administrative burdens for those involved.
I look forward to discussing this and any other FERC hydropower licensing concerns you may have.
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