Insights by Shawn Puzen

Does FERC still require recreation monitoring?
Does FERC still require recreation monitoring?

Since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Form 80 has been eliminated, under what circumstances does recreation use monitoring still need to occur?

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Hydropower license extension—is my project eligible?
Hydropower license extension—is my project eligible?

If you have a license for a hydropower project set to expire in the next 6-10 years, you may be concerned about the looming effort needed to renew the license. These concerns could prompt you to consider ways to extend your existing license.

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

As 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.

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Congress recognizes impact of maintenance costs at hydropower facilities
Congress recognizes impact of maintenance costs at hydropower facilities

American’s Water Infrastructure Act 2018 includes changes to dam license term determinations

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FERC Form 80 Recreation Report modernized
FERC Form 80 Recreation Report modernized

FERC proposes “to modernize public notice practices, clarify recreational signage requirements, and provide flexibility to assist licensees’ compliance efforts.”

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Is there still hope for hydropower licensing reform?
Is there still hope for hydropower licensing reform?

It is highly doubtful there is time to draft and pass a comprehensive Energy Bill that includes provisions for more support of hydropower in the current 116th Session of Congress

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Invasive species monitoring at hydro projects in Wisconsin improving
Invasive species monitoring at hydro projects in Wisconsin improving

New recommendations will be more effective in reducing the spread of invasive species and the cost to the licensees.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission takes action on hydroelectric project license terms
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission takes action on hydroelectric project license terms

FERC approved increasing the 30-year default license term to a 40-year default license term.

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FERC may lead all federal authorizations during hydropower licensing
FERC may lead all federal authorizations during hydropower licensing

This change is expected to result in early and more efficient identification and resolution of issues that arise during the relicensing process.

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Recent action on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower license terms
Recent action on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower license terms

Progress on any changes to FERC policy for establishing the length of original and new license terms for hydroelectric projects.

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