Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

City asks FERC to reinstate, transfer licenses for Connecticut hydro projects

07/02/2015

Under terms of an act of Congress, the town of Canton, Conn., has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reinstate the licenses of two Connecticut hydroelectric projects and to transfer the licenses to the city.

Staff updates FERC on work to implement Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act

06/26/2015

In a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC staff has outlined actions to advance hydropower development under provisions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act.

FERC: Small conduit hydro project may utilize head from unrelated dam

06/19/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declared a qualifying small conduit hydropower project may be excluded from FERC jurisdiction if it utilizes the hydropower potential of a dam as long as the dam is not integral to the small conduit project.

Ocean Renewable asks extension of FERC pilot license for 300-kW Cobscook Bay Tidal project

06/12/2015

Ocean Renewable Power Co. has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a two-year extension of its hydrokinetic pilot project license for the 300-kW Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy project in Maine.

N.C. judge rejects state bid to thwart FERC relicensing of 210-MW Yadkin hydro project

06/04/2015

A North Carolina administrative law judge has overturned North Carolina's denial of water quality certification intended to prevent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing of Alcoa Power Generating Inc.'s 210-MW Yadkin hydroelectric project.

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.

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