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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Coordination with Federal and State Resource Agencies and Indian Tribes


1. How will the Commission ensure that it meets its obligations with respect to the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, Federal Power Act, National Marine Sanctuaries Act, Magnuson-Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act?

Under a conditioned license, a licensee may not begin on-site construction and installation of a hydrokinetic project until the Commission has determined that the requirements of all applicable federal laws are satisfied.

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2. How will the Commission ensure that the licensee has received the other required federal and state authorizations or waivers after issuance of the conditioned license? What should a licensee do after the Commission or licensee, as applicable, receives the other required federal and state authorizations or waivers?

A conditioned license will require that the licensee file with the Commission written notification along with copies of all applicable authorizations or waivers under federal law. Therefore, upon receiving the federal and state authorizations or waivers, the licensee should file with the Commission written notification and copies of the authorizations. The Commission will then review the filing and take action to authorize the commencement of on-site construction after making a finding that the licensee has satisfied the requirements of the applicable federal laws. Where appropriate, the Commission will incorporate additional conditions received with the federal and state authorizations into the license.

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3. What steps will the Commission take to ensure that a prospective licensee, upon receiving a conditioned license, does not stall the process of obtaining the required federal and state authorizations with the express purpose of banking the licensed site until such time as the technology is either fully developed or the site is economically prime for development?

Upon receiving any license from the Commission, including a conditioned license, a licensee is required under section 13 of the Federal Power Act to begin on-site construction or installation of the project works within two years from the effective date of the license. With good reason, the Commission can extend the initial two-year period by up to an additional two years.

The Commission is required by section 13 to terminate a license if there is failure to begin actual construction of the project works within the time prescribed by the license, or as extended by the Commission.

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4. How will the Commission secure the cooperation and encourage the expeditious action of the federal and state agencies and Indian tribes responsible for authorizations after issuance of a conditioned license?

As is currently Commission staff's practice, staff will periodically contact the applicable federal and state agencies and Indian tribes to inquire on the agencies' and tribes' progress and, where appropriate, offer assistance to the agencies and tribes to help expedite the process.

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Demand Response Documents & Filing FERC Forms Hydrokinetics



Updated: May 30, 2012