FERC Licensing: The Water Resources Engineers Role

by Thomas J. Sullivan, Stetson-Harza, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


As a result of the Electric Consumers Protection Act (ECPA) of 1986, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is obligated to give equal consideration to non power uses of hydroelectric projects during the licensing process. This paper outlines three levels of hydrologic/hydraulic modeling that mirror the FERC three stage consultation process. In the first level of modeling, an existing data base is used to form a hydrologic/hydraulic overview of the project such that existing conditions are clearly understood and future studies can be planned. The second level of modeling involves the development of detailed hydrologic/hydraulic models and the execution of these models to determine the impacts of existing operation, as well as possible mitigation scenarios. The third level of modeling involves a detailed analysis of select mitigation scenarios such that a final water management plan can be formulated.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Electric power | Licensure and certification | Hydro power | Hydrologic models | Energy consumption | Hydraulic models | Water quality

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