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Washington Hydropower Facility Licensing, Certification, Safety, & Regulation(7-WA)

In Washington, a hydropower developer should consider potential facility licensing, certification, and safety approvals required for the project and ensure compliance with federal and state law. Currently, the RAPID Toolkit does not have state specific facility licensing, certification, or dam safety approvals for hydropower development in Washington.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


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Permitting at a Glance

Public Utility Certificate: Washington does not have a state specific comprehensive facility licensing process for hydropower development.
Small Hydropower Program: Washington does not have a small hydropower program.
Small Hydropower Definition: Washington does not currently have a small hydropower program.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS): Investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and cooperative utilities must procure 15% of their retail sales from eligible renewable energy resources by 2020.
RPS Eligible Hydropower: Hydroelectric generation projects with incremental electricity produced as a result of efficiency improvements completed after March 31, 1999, that are:

i) Owned by a utility and located in the Pacific Northwest; or

ii) Hydroelectric generation in irrigation pipes and canals located in the Pacific Northwest, where the additional generation in either case does not result in new water diversions or impoundments.
RPS Regulatory Agency/Tracking System: Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System