If you have a major hydroelectric project that has an authorized capacity of more than 5 megawatts (MW) and up to and including 10 MW undergoing the relicensing process soon, you may benefit from some changes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) is proposing.
On February 18, 2021, the Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (Docket No. RM20-21-000) which in part revised filing requirements for major hydroelectric projects with authorized capacities of 10 MW or less. The notice was published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2021 and comments were due by May 10, 2021.
The proposed rule change reduces the burden on filing an application for a new license for major hydroelectric projects with authorized capacities greater than 5 MW, and up to and including 10 MW. Specifically, those major hydroelectric projects would no longer need to file Exhibits B, C, and D with their applications for a new license. Hydroelectric projects with authorized capacities of less than 5 MW are already not currently required to file Exhibits B, C, and D with their applications for a new license.
Currently, there are no comments on file for the docket in FERC’s eLibrary. Therefore, it is expected the proposal will be added to the agenda in a future meeting of the Commissioners.