By - Jon Brown

FERC Hydropower 101
August 23, 2016 | Seattle, WA

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This course will present an overview of FERC as it relates to hydropower. Attendees will learn about the FERC regulation process from start to finish. They will gain in-depth knowledge about licensing, including: terms and conditions, traditional licensing, Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), and Alternative Licensing Process (ALP). Our expert instructor, who spent 30 years at FERC as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst, will explain how to use FERC’s NEPA EAs and EISs for state and other federal agency permit issuances. He will discuss settlements with FERC and review license compliance for the next 30-50 years. Attendees will leave with an understanding of FERC hydropower fundamentals.

The intent is that participants will be able to apply the information learned the first day they return to their jobs.  Hands-on activities will be included throughout the day.


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the FERC regulation process from start to finish
  • Distinguish between FERC and other federal and state regulators
  • Discuss licensing- terms and conditions
  • Examine hydropower’s current and new role in electricity markets
  • Identify the major parts of FERC regulation, including licensing, compliance and dam safety
  • Review preliminary permits and their applications
  • Apply structural design fundamentals for latticed self-supporting towers,
  • Review the licensing process
  • Explain special programs
  • Identify FERC’s staff’s role in the licensing process and to the Commission
  • Examine traditional license
  • Discuss the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP)
  • Describe the Alternative Licensing Process (ALP)
  • Explain how to use FERC’s NEPA EAs and EISs for state and other federal agency permit issuances
  • Discuss settlements with FERC
  • Review license compliance for the next 30-50 years


AP_LogoEUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this Course


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Hands-on activities, case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

  • FERC Regulation: Cradle to Grave
  • FERC and Other Federal and State Regulators
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Then & Now

Hydropower’s Current and New Role in Electricity Markets

Major Parts of FERC Regulation
  • Licensing
  • Compliance
  • Dam Safety

Studying a Hydropower Site: What a Preliminary Permit Gets You

Licensing Programs: Choose Wisely

Special Programs
  • Small & Low Hydro
  • Hydrokinetic

FERC’s Staff’s Role in the Licensing Process and to the Commission

Traditional Licensing
  • Description
  • Process
  • Pros
  • Cons
Integrated Licensing Process (ILP)
  • Description
  • Process
  • Pros
  • Cons
Alternative Licensing Process (ALP)
  • Description
  • Process
  • Pros
  • Cons

Assisting Other Federal, State Agency and NGO Staff in the Licensing Process

Using FERC’s NEPA EAs and EISs for State and Other Federal Agency Permit Issuances

Settlements and FERC: What Will Work, Not Work and Why

License Compliance for the Next 30-50 Years


Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique regulatory skills in siting energy infrastructure, markets and physical/cybersecurity.
Prior to founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time he amassed experience in hydropower licensing, NEPA environmental impact assessment of energy projects, business process reengineering, and natural gas and crude oil market oversight. Mr. Russo thoroughly understands the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Federal Power Act and Energy Policy Act as they apply to natural gas and hydroelectric projects. He also assisted FERC’s new Energy Infrastructure Security Office with understanding physical and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to natural gas, oil and gas-fired power projects and physical natural gas and related futures and swaps.

In FERC’s Office of Enforcement, he managed and led efforts on the development and implementation of FERC Order 704 and FERC’s Form 552 Annual Natural Gas Transaction Report program from 2008 to 2015. He also has helped numerous energy companies address FERC compliance issues in the natural gas, LNG, and hydropower area, as well as natural gas market participants in achieving compliance with transactional issues related to natural gas indices and index formation.

Mr. Russo is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He earned a credential as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in 2010. He also graduated with a MBA in Finance from the George Washington University and a MS in Biology from the University of Alabama.


Courtyard Marriott in Bellevue Redmond
14615 NE 29th Place
Bellevue, WA 98007

To reserve your room, please call 1-425-869-5300 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $219.00 single or double


A room block has been reserved for the nights of August 21 – 23, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to August 1, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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