Insights by Shawn Puzen

Lake Sturgeon: protection under the Endangered Species Act?
Lake Sturgeon: protection under the Endangered Species Act?

The decision to protect Lake Sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act would have a significant impact on hydropower operating requirements.

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Quick status update: EPA proposed rule changes could benefit licensees
Quick status update: EPA proposed rule changes could benefit licensees

Rule changes have been proposed by the EPA in their notice of proposed rulemaking, which clarifies the procedures under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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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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