Relicensing: The New Rules of the Game

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by Donald H. Clarke, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89

Abstract: The Electric Consumer Protection Act of 1986 is an elaborate array of procedures and decisional standards that guide the Commission's consideration of both initial license and Federal Energy Regulatory relicense proposals. There were significant changes made in the relicensing process. The roles of state and federal resource agencies have been augmented. The Commission's deliberations on relicense applications has been made more highly structured. Also, with the elimination of municipal preference from relicensing, the probability of competing relicense applications has been diminished - although not eliminated. However, the fundamental nature of the Commission's inquiry, the ultimate balancing of competing public interests factor that was the focus of the Merwin proceeding remains in tact today. The paper discusses the Merwin issues and how they reappear under ECPA, including the economic impact of project ownership, impact on competition, operation for power generation and flood control, and fish and wildlife plans.

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Electric power | Federal government | Energy consumption | Hydro power | Floods | Aging (material) | Local government |

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