FERC and Corps Agree to Work More Closely on LicensingSubmitted by Rupak Thapaliya on Thu, 2011-03-31 12:46
Yesterday, FERC and Army Corps of Engineers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate the respective regulatory processes associated with the authorizations required to construct and operate non-Federal hydropower projects.According to the press release by FERC, the MOU provides for:
- Early involvement of FERC and USACE staff during the pre-filing stage of licensing and the environmental review process so issues are identified early and sufficient information is gathered to inform both agencies’ decisions;
- Establishing a schedule between FERC and USACE early in the process so all applicable review and approval activities occur concurrently to avoid unnecessary delays and redundancies;
- Sharing of administrative and technical data as necessary between FERC and USACE; and
- Establishing FERC as the lead federal agency for preparation of the environmental document, with USACE participating as a cooperating agency as needed.
The MOU is available here.FERC has authority to regulate non-federal hydropower projects, including those that may be sited on Corps dams. With this MOU, the agencies hope to encourage hydropower development at Corps dams by non-federal entities.