The Commission regulates over 1,700 non-federal dams in the US. FERC staff ensures compliance with the numerous terms and conditions contained in each of the licenses and exemptions issued.
Once a license or exemption is granted, Commission staff ensures that regulated entities remain in compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective licenses or exemptions to protect, mitigate and enhance beneficial public uses of hydropower projects.
Post-licensing, Commission staff is responsible for tracking and administrating license requirements, inspecting site conditions, investigating compliance issues, and assessing penalties. Other post-licensing filings that are processed by Commission staff include, but are not limited to:
- How To Submit and/or Update Contact Information
- How to Transfer a License or Exemption
- How to Surrender a License or Exemption
- Extensions of Time to Comply with License/Exemption Requirements
- Technical studies
- Hydroelectric Project Handbook for Filings other than Licenses and Exemptions
- Compliance Handbook
- Handbook for Conduit Exemptions
Other administrative activities include:
- All special license articles - these usually are included in licenses to protect environmental resources and to ensure dam safety.
- Standard L, E, & P Form Articles - Standard License Articles
- Jurisdiction Determination - Determine whether an existing dam should be regulated by FERC
- Headwater Benefits - Determine whether downstream projects benefit from Federal projects and if they should pay for benefits
- Shoreline Development Applications updated 03/2012
- Shoreline Management Planning updated 07/16/2012 | FAQs
Managing Hydropower Project Exhibits - Drawings Guide (updated August 2014) | Summary of Updates
Compliance Handbook (updated 12/16/2015)
Renewable Energy Tax Credit Guidance March 2021 (updated 4/6/2021)
Projects that received an Energy Production Tax Credit Certification (updated 06/29/2016)
- Impacts of Hydroelectric Plant Tailraces on Fish Passage
- Preliminary Assessment of Fish Entrainment at Hydropower Projects--volume 1
- Preliminary Assessment of Fish Entrainment at Hydropower Projects--volume 2
- Shoreline Development Applications
- Shoreline Management Planning
- Recreation Development at Licensed Hydropower Projects
DHAC has held outreach workshops in the past on topics such as noxious weeds, fish passage, drought management, recreation, and shoreline management. As additional understanding of certain topics is needed to improve compliance with license conditions, more workshops may be held in the future.