Reviewing the History and Activity of FERC

by Louis Rosenman, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's


Since passage of the Federal Water Power Act in 1920 (Part I of the Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a et seq.), Congress has required those seeking to construct, operate, or maintain hydroelectric project facilities to obtain licenses. 16 U.S.C. sub 817. The statutory licensing scheme was originally designed to encourage hydropower development and ensure proper water resource use by consolidating diverse federal authority in a single agency ('one-stop' licensing), removing Congress from the process, and requiring the Commission to make each licensed project consistent with a comprehensive plan for the waterway. In recent years, various laws have cut back on the 'one-stop' nature of Commission licensing.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | History | Water resources | Water use | Waterways | Federal government | Water policy

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