Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

FERC receives license application for 5-MW Kentucky River L&D 11 hydro project

05/28/2015

A unit of hydro developer Free Flow Power filed a hydropower license application in April with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the 5-MW Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 hydroelectric project in Kentucky.

FERC proposes new start date for hydro license annual charges

05/21/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes new rules that would change the start date for assessment of annual charges on private hydropower licensees to two years from the date of license issuance.

FERC proposes new reliability standard to deal with geomagnetic disturbances

05/18/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed a new reliability standard to address the vulnerability of the nation's electric grid to geomagnetic disturbances.

Commissioner Moeller to step down from FERC at term's end

05/14/2015

Commissioner Philip D. Moeller confirmed May 13 he will not seek a third term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC EIS accepts flood pool change, recommends relicensing 182.5-MW Martin Dam

05/08/2015

Benefitting from additional flood modeling, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff dropped objections to a flood pool elevation change and issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 182.5-MW Martin Dam hydroelectric project on Alabama's Tallapoosa River.

FERC reports Ludington Pumped-Storage ups capacity 127.5 MW

05/04/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports the Ludington Pumped-Storage project completed unit upgrades in March, increasing project capacity by 127.5 MW to a total of 1,785 MW.

FERC considers changes to hydropower license pre-filing rules

04/28/2015

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a memo proposing revisions to a handful of hydropower license pre-filing rules that might be considered "outmoded, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome."

FERC draft EIS endorses relicensing 103.5-MW Merced River, 3.4-MW Merced Falls hydro projects

04/09/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of the 103.5-MW Merced River and 3.4-MW Merced Falls hydroelectric projects on the Merced River in California.

FERC receives license application for 260-MW Mineville underground pumped-storage project

04/01/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received a final license application in February from Moriah Hydro Corp. to develop the 260-MW Mineville pumped-storage project, to be located completely underground in an abandoned mine complex in New York.

Final FERC EIS endorses relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

03/18/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland

FERC seeks experts to serve on hydro licensing dispute resolution panels

03/11/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requests applications from resource experts to serve on hydropower licensing study dispute resolution panels as part of FERC's integrated licensing process. 

FERC receives South Carolina water quality certification for 739.182-MW Catawba-Wateree hydro project

03/05/2015

The state of South Carolina has filed a revised water quality certification allowing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to proceed with re-licensing Duke Energy's 739.182-MW Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project.

FERC affirms revocation of hydropower license for failure to build fish passage

03/02/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a request for rehearing and affirmed its revocation of the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage.

FERC proposes sale of primary frequency response service at market rates

02/23/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued proposed rules that would allow the sale of primary frequency response service at market-based rates.

FERC authorizes 19 hydropower projects totaling 1,936.744 MW in 2014

02/10/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued 19 hydropower licenses and exemptions in 2014, totaling 1,936.744 MW. It also received applications in the same period for 18 licenses and exemptions totaling 261 MW.

Inspector: FERC policies to protect sensitive grid information were 'severely lacking'

02/06/2015

The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has issued a report concluding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately protect the security of electric grid vulnerability analyses to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

FERC updates hydroelectric project land use fees for 2015

01/28/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the 2015 annual update to its fee schedule for occupation of federal lands by FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects.

Energy Projects Director Wright retires from FERC; Miles named director

01/22/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced Jeff Wright, director of FERC's Office of Energy Projects, is retiring in February, to be succeeded by Deputy Director Ann Miles.

FERC receives permit application for seawater-powered Hawaii pumped-storage

01/21/2015

United Power Corp. has filed an application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study development of the 30-MW South Maui Pumped-Storage project, which would use seawater from the Pacific Ocean to power the project on the south coast of Maui Island, Hawaii.

FERC assessments back licensing 6-MW Calligan Creek, 2.2-MW Pepperell hydro projects

01/16/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued environmental assessments endorsing the licensing of the 6-MW Calligan Creek hydroelectric project in Washington and the 2.207-MW Pepperell hydro project in Massachusetts.

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