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RAPID/Best Practices/Basin-wide Approaches to Hydropower Relicensing: Case Studies and Considerations
Abstract This report summarizes the FERC relicensin
This report summarizes the FERC relicensing process for non-federal hydropower projects, analyzes FERC-licensed projects with license expiration dates from 2018-2037, discusses FERC’s authority to coordinate license terms of hydropower projects within a shared river basin and provides basin-wide case studies and considerations to hydropower relicensing. In the United States there are 1,043 active FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects with a total capacity of 56,097 MW. Of those, 647 with a total capacity of 21,870 MW have license expiration dates from 2018-2037. The expected workload in conjunction with the time, cost, and complexity associated with issuing a single new license has led to initiatives that aim to increase the efficiency of the relicensing process. Federal and state regulators and licensees in California, Maine, New York, and Wisconsin have begun to develop approaches to look at hydropower relicensing as part of a larger system—a river basin. These basin-wide approaches seek to coordinate different stages of the relicensing process for multiple projects at the same time. The goal of these basin-wide approaches is to increase the efficiency of the relicensing process and allow for a more comprehensive analysis of the cumulative impacts of the projects within the basin. These innovative approaches to relicensing could also reduce the workload for regulators and costs associated with relicensing. <span class="btn btn-rapid bp">[https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy19osti/71979.pdf View the full report]</span>
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Name Basin-wide Approaches to Hydropower Relicensing: Case Studies and Considerations  +
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Snippet Basin-wide approaches to FERC's hydropower relicensing process, case studies, and considerations.  +
Technology Hydropower +
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