Licensing and Relicensing After the Electric Consumers Protection Act of 1986

by Edward F. Carter, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,
James H. Thrall, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87

Abstract: Recent changes in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations and subsequent, substantive legislative changes have produced a shift in emphasis in the licensing/relicensing process. Key changes include requirements for: a formal, three stage agency consultation process; early public disclosure of project information; demonstration of a past record of compliance with existing license conditions; and, development of a licensing/relicensing document that considers both power and non-power components of the resource. To meet these requirements and still progress through the increasingly complex licensing and permitting process, the applicant must: make early, positive contacts with regulatory agency personnel; use this contact to develop a clear licensing strategy; implement a formal, carefully documented consultation/compliance plan, and; be prepared to demonstrate the adequacy of the proposed license studies and analyses to meet agency requests or make effective arguments before FERC as to why certain studies are not necessary.

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Legislation | Consulting services | Hydro power | Project management | Federal government | Public information programs | Information management

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