Basin-wide Approaches to U.S. Hydropower Relicensing: Case Studies and Considerations

July 29, 2021
Policies and Regulations

More than half of the active'Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed hydropower projects in the U.S. have license expiration dates slated from now through 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. This'panel'will explore'federal and state regulator-'and licensee-led'initiatives that seek to coordinate different stages of the'FERC hydropower'relicensing process for multiple projects, at the same time when those projects are within a shared waterway.'