Latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) News

FERC 1,300-MW licensing in June is year's largest capacity increase

07/31/2014

The licensing of a single hydro project in June, the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, is the largest capacity increase approved so far this year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC proposes power system physical security reliability standard

07/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would approve, with modifications, a power system physical security reliability standard submitted by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

FERC draft environmental assessment backs licensing 50-MW R.C. Byrd hydro project

07/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a draft environmental assessment recommending the licensing of the 50-MW Robert C. Byrd hydroelectric project at a Corps of Engineers dam on the Ohio River.

FERC reaffirms geographic limits on municipal preference

07/09/2014

Faced with challenges from major public power organizations, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has upheld its ruling establishing geographic limits on the granting of municipal preference in the issuance of preliminary permits to study developing hydroelectric projects.

FERC relicenses 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage, issues two more licenses in May

07/02/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed the 336-MW Cabin Creek Pumped-Storage project, issued original licenses for small projects in New York and Idaho, and received applications for two more projects in Alaska and Oregon during May.

Unintentional state waiver lets FERC pre-empt state Coastal Zone rules

06/26/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a declaratory order that FERC hydropower licensing under the Federal Power Act pre-empts state regulation under the Coastal Zone Management Act in an instance in which the state of Washington unintentionally waived its CZMA permit authority.

FERC licenses 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project

06/25/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an original license to the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, proposed for an inactive iron mine in Riverside County, Calif.

Oregon wave testing center files FERC license notice, scoping documents

06/12/2014

Oregon State University's Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has filed a notice of intent to license and environmental scoping documents for the nation's first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site.

Developer asks to surrender FERC license for first U.S. wave power project, 1.5-MW Reedsport

06/04/2014

Citing financial and regulatory challenges, Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has applied to surrender the license for its 1.5-MW Reedsport OPT Wave Park, the first commercial-scale wave power project to be licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC licenses three hydro projects totaling 121 MW

05/29/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed three hydroelectric projects in Louisiana and Illinois totaling 121 MW in April.

FERC denies small conduit designation for project on New York canal system

05/16/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request to declare a proposed project on the New York State Barge Canal System to be a small conduit hydro project excluded from FERC jurisdiction.

Free Flow Power files three more license applications totaling 78 MW

05/01/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received three more hydro license applications during March from Free Flow Power Corp. for projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams totaling 78 MW.

FERC sets conferences on critical infrastructure, system reliability

04/24/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an agenda and discussion topics for a technical conference April 29 on Critical Infrastructure Protection issues.

FERC backs state in blocking 401 certification for 739.182-MW Catawba-Wateree hydro project

04/17/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has agreed with a South Carolina appeals court that found the state did not waive its right to issue water quality certification necessary for the relicensing of Duke Energy's 739.182-MW Catawba-Wateree hydroelectric project.

Inspector general orders FERC to restrict sensitive power system information

04/11/2014

Citing lapses in control of sensitive power system information, the Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take immediate steps to protect national security information pertaining to the bulk power system, which in some cases includes hydroelectric facilities.

FERC receives seven hydro license applications from Free Flow Power totaling 70 MW

04/03/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received seven hydro license applications during February from Free Flow Power Corp. for projects totaling 70 MW at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

Subsea cable operator objects to FERC license for 600-kW Admiralty Inlet tidal project

03/26/2014

Pacific Crossing, owner of PC-1, a subsea telecommunications cable linking the United States and Japan, is objecting to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of a pilot project license for the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project to be installed near PC-1 in Washington's Puget Sound.

FERC approves hydrokinetic pilot license for 600-kW Admiralty Inlet tidal project

03/21/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a hydrokinetic pilot project license March 20 to the 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Pilot tidal project to be installed in Washington's Puget Sound.

FERC licenses Nevada project, receives conduit applications for two California projects

03/17/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the 750-kW Humboldt River hydropower project in Nevada and received applications for conduit exemptions for two California projects in January.

FERC counsel comments to Senate panel on marine, hydrokinetic bill

03/10/2014

A lawyer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commented to a Senate panel on a marine and hydrokinetic energy research bill and reviewed FERC's actions to promote development of hydrokinetic pilot projects.


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