FERC Hydropower Licensing

FERC Hydropower Licensing

August 16, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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This course is a deep dive of FERC’s three licensing processes and preparation of applications for original license, new license (relicense), and associated regulations. It will describe in detail the steps in FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), Alternative Licensing Process (ALP), and the Traditional Process. The program will also detail preparation of the various exhibits of the license application—especially the Exhibit E—and offer insights and tips to ensure prompt FERC and agency reviews to expedite decision-making, as well as the issuance of mandatory conditions under Federal Power Act section 4(e), 18, section 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, and coastal zone determinations required by the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Those who attend this class already understand FERC’s hydropower program or have attended EUCI’s “Introduction to FERC Hydropower” course. This program is ideal for hydropower developers, existing licensees, agency staff, attorneys, and consultants who need the details in preparing an acceptable hydropower licensing application and using associated documents to comply with consultation, NEPA, and other Federal and State permit requirements. The course will also be useful for those who review and analyze hydropower license applications for new projects and relicensing and for advising hydropower applicants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review in detail the integrated, alternative, and traditional licensing processes
  • Discuss FERC license application preparation and associated documents that will be used in the NEPA process
  • Describe external factors influencing the FERC hydro review with federal/state permitting processes
  • Evaluate how to use the FERC process to consult with and obtain other Federal and State permits
  • Examine how to prepare for meetings with FERC staff and hydro stakeholders
  • Explain reality checks for brand new hydro relicensing
  • Discuss state permitting on other areas affecting hydropower



Monday, August 16, 2021 :: Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Licensing Processes

  • Integrated licensing process
  • Special Cases- Nonpower dams and closed-loop pumped storage
  • Alternative licensing process
  • Traditional process
  • Advice and tips on each
  • Questions regarding specific hydropower projects and circumstances

FERC License Application Preparation (What to focus on)

  • Exhibit A- Project description
  • Exhibit B- Project operation and resource utilization
  • Exhibit C- Construction schedule
  • Exhibit D- Project costs and financing
  • Exhibit E- Environmental report
  • Exhibit F- General design drawings of project works
  • Exhibit G- Map of the project
  • Questions regarding specific hydropower projects and circumstances

Face-to-Face Meeting Facilitation with Federal and State Agencies

External Factors Influencing the FERC Hydro Review with Federal/State Permitting Processes

  • FERC hydropower myths
  • State push back
  • Expect litigation

Simplifying a Burdensome Hydro Review Process

  • What others are doing
  • Project websites
  • Keeping the message simple

Reality Checks for Brand New Hydro and Relicensing

Question and Answer Session throughout


Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique FERC regulatory skills in siting hydropower; natural gas and liquefied natural gas infrastructure; NEPA environmental impact assessment; and in how energy markets, prices, and physical/cybersecurity affect infrastructure investments.

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 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 an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University and a MS in Biology from the University of Alabama.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in 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.

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