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Best Practices

In its review of regulatory and permitting practices, the RAPID Toolkit team has identified a set of best practices for efficiently permitting renewable energy and bulk transmission projects. Best practices include helpful information such as descriptions, case studies, templates, and how-to information.

Explore the best practices below.


Basin-wide Approaches to Hydropower Relicensing: Case Studies and Considerations

Basin-wide approaches to FERC's hydropower relicensing process, case studies, and considerations.

Bureau of Reclamation Hydropower Lease of Power Privilege: Case Studies and Considerations

Bureau of Reclamation hydropower lease of power privilege regulatory process, case studies, and considerations.

Coordinating Permit Offices for Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Projects

This best practice analyzes the potential use of coordinating permit offices for large infrastructure projects such as power plants and bulk transmission lines.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar,  Hydropower

Development of Landscape-Scale Mitigation Plans for Renewable Energy and Transmission Projects

This best practice analyzes landscape-scale mitigation plans that may increase the effectiveness of conservation measures while also streamlining permitting renewable energy and transmission projects.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Energy Recovery Hydropower

Energy recovery hydropower, a subset of small conduit hydropower, and the prospects of off-setting costs for agricultural, municipal, and industrial water providers.

FERC Hydropower Licensing: A Review of Utilization of the ILP, TLP, and ALP

A review of the utilization of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hydropower licensing processes ( ILP, TLP, and ALP) for the development of non-federal hydropower projects.

Geothermal Permitting and NEPA Timelines

This best practice outlines the different types of NEPA-related analyses and approvals and discusses geothermal development activities (e.g. well drilling) that might require each type of approval.

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for Interstate Transmission Siting

Development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a way to formalize the collaborative process between different jurisdictions involved in the transmission siting/permitting process.
Bulk Transmission

Negotiating Terms and Conditions: An Overview of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydropower Settlement Agreement Process

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower settlement agreement process, negotiating terms and conditions.

Online Permitting Systems

This best practice reviews online permit submission systems currently in place or under development and reviews these systems in terms of the ease of development, use, and access to information.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Public Involvement in Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Project Development

This best practice discusses effective and timely communication of all aspects of renewable energy and bulk transmission projects - including the project purpose and need and potential impacts.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Purpose and Need Statements for Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Projects

This best practice discusses purpose and need statements, which identify why a Federal agency is responding to a proposed project and provides the foundations of a defensible NEPA analysis.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Solar

Regulatory Approaches for Adding Capacity to Existing Hydropower Facilities

Approaches to adding generating capacity to existing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydropower facilities.

State Models to Incentivize and Streamline Small Hydropower Development

State financial and regulatory models to incentivize and streamline small hydropower development

Tips for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Developers

This best practice discusses requirements and available resources for developing qualifying conduit hydropower facilities as authorized under the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.

Tips for Small Hydropower Developers

This best practice discusses tips for FERC's issuing of an exemption from licensing for small hydropower facilities with only minor environmental effects, including a 10 MW and a conduit exemption.

Tips for Transmission Line Siting and Permitting

This best practice contains tips for transmission line siting, and is intended to assist project participants in moving through the various phases of a project more efficiently and effectively.
Bulk Transmission,  Geothermal,  Hydropower,  Solar