Non-Federal Hydropower Development at Federal Facilities from the Project Developer's Perspective

by Martin R. Hopper, City of Santa Clara Electric Dep, Santa Clara, CA, USA,
John C. Roukema, City of Santa Clara Electric Dep, Santa Clara, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The City of Santa Clara Electric Department has three small hydroelectric projects in various stages of development at federally-owned facilities. Although all three of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses for these projects contain the same clause requiring the review and approval of the design by the agency responsible for the facility, the City has found each agency to have a unique interpretation of the depth of its responsibility for design review and as to what constitutes '. . . facilities that will be an integral part of, or could affect the structural integrity of . . . ' the federally-owned facility. When the requirements are clearly defined up front, both the project proponent and the reviewing agency are shown to benefit.

Subject Headings: Aging (material) | Hydro power | Federal government | Building design | Sustainable development | Power plants | Construction management | Urban areas

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