The Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986 Changes FERC Hydropower Licensingby June D. Morgan, Federal Energy Regulatory, Commission, Washington, DC, USA,
Fred E. Springer, Federal Energy Regulatory, Commission, Washington, DC, USA,
Abstract: The Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986 (ECPA) was signed into law on October 16, 1986. This legislation revised and created new ground rules for the processing of hydropower license and exemption applications. This paper focuses on the upcoming surge of relicense applications and the effect ECPA will have on them. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reformulating policies for evaluating these applications in an effort to ease ECPA implementation and to prepare for the efficient processing of future relicense applications.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Licensure and certification | Electric power | Power plants | Legislation | Energy consumption | Federal government | Energy efficiency
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