Issues in License Compliance and Monitoring

by Gail Ann Greely, Henwood Energy Services Inc, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


With the language in Section 12 of the Electric Consumers Protection Act ('ECPA') of 1986 (now Section 31 of the Federal Power Act), Congress gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ('FERC' or 'Commission') a clear mandate to actively police the hydroelectric industry. It gave the Commission the power to punish for violations, including the authority to revoke licenses and to assess civil penalties of up to 10,000 per day per violation. The mandate is compliance with the license, enforcement of conditions, and monitoring. The penalties are in place - license revocation, civil penalties, or loss of a project at relicensing. But the standards and methods for enforcement have not yet been developed for the kind of compliance program apparently envisioned by Congress.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Licensure and certification | Energy consumption | Hydro power | Industries | Power plants | Environmental issues | Legislation

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