Wallace Dam Project FERC Relicensing
The current Wallace Dam Project license expires on June 1, 2020. In 2015, Georgia Power began the process to relicense the hydropower plant using the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Integrated Licensing Process (ILP).
Georgia Power files a preliminary permit for the Laurens Shoals Project, a pumped storage hydroelectric project on the Oconee River. A preliminary permit order is issued in 1965 with FERC issuing an amending order for the Laurens Shoals Project in 1970. A month later, Georgia Power accepts the amended license. The project's name is changed to the Wallace Dam Project.
Construction on the Wallace Dam begins.
The clearing of the reservoir begins in April of 1977 and is completed in December 1978.
The reservoir known as Lake Oconee starts filling in January 1979 and reaches an elevation of 434 feet.
Unit 6, the first pump turbine unit of the project, is declared to be in commercial operation in December 1979. By July 1980, all six units, including four pump turbine units are up and running.
Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources enter into an agreement to develop geese and waterfowl habitats, which remain today.
Georgia Power will begin the relicensing of the Wallace Dam Project by filing a Notice of Intent to FERC in early 2015.
Georgia Power will file the Licensing Application.
The current license for the Wallace Dam Project expires on June 1, 2020.
Wallace Dam History Timeline
During the relicensing process, numerous studies will be conducted to support licensing requirements. These include reviews of geology and soils, water resources, fish, wildlife and botanical resources, and cultural resources. The formal license application will be filed in 2018.
The current license for Wallace Dam expires on June 1, 2020. In 2015, Georgia Power will begin the process of relicensing this hydropower plant by using the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). The license application will be filed in May of 2018. The meetings schedule provides an opportunity for Georgia Power to engage stakeholders and the general public.View a full version of the schedule
Wallace Dam Relicensing Documents
- Georgia Power Notice of Intent to Relicense Wallace Dam and Preliminary Application Document (February 2015)
- FERC's Scoping Document (April 2015)
- Georgia Power Proposed Study Plan (July 2015)
- Georgia Power Study Plan Meeting Presentations (August 2015)
- Georgia Power Revised Study Plan (November 2015)
- Georgia Power Study Progress Report (August 2016)
Georgia Power Relicensing Study Reports (2017)
Georgia Power Preliminary Licensing Proposal (November 2017)
Georgia Power Relicensing Study Reports (November 2016)
- Cover Letter
- Geology and Soils Study Report
- Water Resources Report
- Fish and Aquatic Resources Report
- Recreation and Land Use Study Report
- Cultural Resources Study Report
- Historic Hydro Engineering Study Report
- Terrestrial Resources Study Report - Volume 1
- Terrestrial Resources Study Report - Volume 2
- Terrestrial Resources Study Report - Volume 3
- Terrestrial Resources Study Report - Volume 4
- Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Study Report - Volume 1
- Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Study Report - Volume 2
- Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Study Report - Volume 3
- Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Study Report - Volume 4
- Initial Study Results Meeting Summary (December 2016)