By - Jon Brown

Introduction to FERC Hydropower
October 3, 2018 | Portland, OR

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Hydropower 101, October 2, 2018

FERC Hydropower Licensing, October 4, 2018

This course will present a high-level overview of FERC’s hydropower program. It is for those who know very little or need a refresher about how FERC licenses and administers non-federal hydropower projects. Attendees will leave with a general understanding of FERC hydropower fundamentals and current issues facing existing and new FERC hydropower proposals. 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 (TLP) 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 at a high level the FERC hydropower 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 40-50 years



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.


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.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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
  • License 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


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 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 is very active in hydropower and natural gas matters and writes an Energy and Environmental column for the Natural Gas and Electricity Journal. He also co-authored for the R Street Instiute entitled “Ebbing the flow of hydropower red tape.”

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.


Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220


Reserve your room:

please call (503) 281-2500

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of October 1-3, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$169 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to September 19, 2018.


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