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Hydro Plant Relicensing

What Is Relicensing?

Most non-federal hydroelectric projects in the United States operate under licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In order to continue operating and maintaining an existing hydroelectric project, licenses must be renewed periodically. The relicensing process addresses power generation, natural resources, recreation and aesthetics at hydroelectric projects.

The public relicensing process involves federal, state and local resource agencies, non-governmental organizations, citizens' groups, Indian tribes and other stakeholders.

Learn more about FERC and hydro licensing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Relicensing Process

The Integrated Licensing Process (ILP)
The ILP was established by FERC regulations (18 C.F.R. Part 5) on July 23, 2003. The ILP provides for increased public participation and consultation prior to filing the relicensing application. Learn more about the ILP, including a process timetable, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Project Milestones

Year One

Relicensing background data collection begins

January, Year Two

Georgia Power files Preliminary Application Document (PAD)

April, Year Two

FERC scoping meetings & site visit

June, Year Two

Georgia Power files Study Plan with FERC

July, Year Two

Study plan meetings

Year Two – Year Three

Georgia Power conducts studies in resource areas

November, Year Three

Georgia Power files Study Plan Progress Report

April, Year Four

Georgia Power files Final Study Reports

Study report meetings with stakeholders

October, Year Four

Georgia Power files licensing proposal

February, Year Five

Georgia Power files license application

Did You Know?

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