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Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

Small hydropower project outflowWhat You Can Do
After considering the energy resource, the following factors can help you move through the process quickly:

    Choose a site where there will likely be few environmental concerns
    • Locate the project at an existing dam or conduit
    • Design the project to have little change to water flow and use
    • Avoid areas with endangered species or fish passage issues
    Provide sufficient information in the application
    • Document the rights needed for project construction and operation
    • Take advantage of existing information on environmental resources in the project area
    • Address any issues that have been identified
    Conduct adequate consultation
    • Identify the key federal and state agencies, tribes, and citizen groups likely to have an interest in your project
    • Meet with the stakeholders as soon as possible in the planning process
    • Provide stakeholders with information sufficient to describe your project

Conduit Exemptions
Robert Bell
Telephone: 202-502-6062
Email: robert.bell@ferc.gov

Northwest Area
(WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, AK, HI)
Ryan Hansen
Telephone: 202-502-8074
Email: ryan.hansen@ferc.gov

West Area
(CA, NV, AZ, NM, CO, UT)
Jim Fargo
Telephone: 202-502-6095
Email: james.fargo@ferc.gov

Midwest Area
(ND, SD, NE, KS, MO, MN, WI, IA, IL, MI, IN, OH)
Tyrone Williams
Telephone: 202-502-6331
Email: tyrone.williams@ferc.gov

Mid-Atlantic Area
(VA, WV, MD, PA, NY, NJ, DE)
Monir Chowdhury
Telephone: 202-502-6736
Email: monir.chowdhury@ferc.gov

South Area
(TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, TN, AL, GA, KY, FL, NC, SC)
Michael Spencer
Telephone: 202-502-6093
Email: michael.spencer@ferc.gov

New England Area
(CT, MA, NH, VT, RI, ME)
Tom Dean
Telephone: 202-502-6041
Email: thomas.dean@ferc.gov
Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

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Updated: August 20, 2015