Introduction to FERC Hydropower
This course will present a high-level overview of FERC’s hydropower program. It is for those who know very little or need a refresher about how FERC licenses and administers non-federal hydropower projects. Attendees will leave with a general understanding of FERC hydropower fundamentals and current issues facing existing and new FERC hydropower proposals. They will learn about and compare the pros and cons of using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), Alternative Licensing Process (ALP) and Traditional Licensing Process to facilitate review of a hydropower application. The course also includes a high-level review of hydropower compliance.
Our expert instructor, Tom Russo, who spent 30 years at FERC as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst, will explain how to decide on what licensing process to use and how other mandatory Federal and State permits and processes can shape the timing and operations of any hydropower licenses issued by FERC. The course also discusses how the Trump Administration, existing hydropower laws, and new regulations will affect hydropower development in the future. He will also discuss hydropower settlements and how to use FERC as a means of expending licensing and compliance.
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