Negotiating a FERC License for the Terror Lake Project

by Berton L. Lamb, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Instream Flow Group, Fort Collins, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


Recently, a long, intense negotiation was completed over the Terror Lake Hydropower project on Kodiak Island in Alaska. The bargaining over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license provides a number of important lessons for future projects. Among these are guidance for planning, conducting, and concluding negotiations. The utility of mediation, need for monitoring, and role of FERC staff are also illuminated. The specific lessons which seem important for future environmental impact negotiations illustrate the need for an approach to institutional analysis which predicts agency behavior in similar projects. Adjustments and planning required of each party in a negotiation are identified.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Construction management | Islands | Federal government | Licensure and certification | Power plants | Negotiation | Environmental issues | Alaska | United States

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