By - Danielle Duignan

Introduction to FERC Hydropower
September 12, 2017 | Washington, DC

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If this event is of interest you may also be interested in Hydropower 101 on September 11 and FERC Hydropower Licensing on September 13. Receive discounted registration for attending more than one!

This course will present an overview of FERC as it relates to hydropower. Attendees will leave with an understanding of FERC hydropower fundamentals. They will learn about and compare the pros and cons of using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), Alternative Licensing Process (ALP) and Traditional Licensing Process to facilitate review of a hydropower application.

Our expert instructor, who spent 30 years at FERC as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst, will explain how to decide on what licensing process to use and how other mandatory Federal and State permits and processes can shape the timing and operations of any hydropower licenses issued by FERC. The course also discusses how the Trump Administration, existing hydropower laws and proposed legislation will affect hydropower development in the future. He will also discuss hydropower settlements and how to use FERC as a means of expending licensing and compliance.

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

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.



EUCI 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 event.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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.


Kelly R. Schaeffer, NEPA Services Team Leader, Kleinschmidt Associates

Kelly is the NEPA Services Team Leader at Kleinschmidt Associates with over 26 years of experience implementing NEPA and developing license applications for owners of non-federal hydroelectric projects.  Her projects span the United States ranging from 25 kilowatts to over 1000 megawatts.  Kelly also works on other energy projects for private clients as a NEPA third party contractor for federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, and EPA. Kelly specializes in developing public processes in NEPA and providing facilitation and negotiation support.

Kelly received her master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University and has served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching sustainable ecotourism and leadership.

Kelly currently serves as the Chair of USSD’s Environment and Sustainability committee and previously served as NHA’s Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1900 Diagonal Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22314

To reserve your room, please call 1-703-684-5900
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

You can click here to book online. 


The room rate is $195.00


A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 10-12, 2017.


Make your reservations prior to August 20, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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