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Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

What Can FERC Do
Potential small hydropower project site FERC can expedite the process in the following ways:

  • Waive some pre-filing consultation requirements (with resource agency cooperation);
  • Combine environmental scoping with pre-filing consultation;
  • Combine public noticing requirements;
  • Shorten comment periods;
  • Coordinate with resource agencies to obtain their final terms and conditions before we issue an environmental assessment, instead of the customary preliminary and final versions
  • Use a single environmental document (opposed to using draft and final documents); and
  • Issue the order on the same day as the environmental assessment.