Overview of the ILP
Below is a summary of the process. For step-by-step procedures:
» Pre-Application Activity Flow Chart
» Post-Filing Activity Flow Chart
Applicant Files Notice of Intent (NOI) to File License Application with Pre-application Document (PAD)
- The NOI is a statement of the applicant's intention to file an original license application, or, in the case of an existing licensee, to file or not to file an application for a new or subsequent license.
- The PAD includes existing, relevant, and reasonably available information about the project and its effects on resources.
- The PAD also includes a well-defined process plan that includes an approved schedule for developing the license application.
- The PAD includes a list of preliminary studies and issues.
FERC Conducts Public Scoping
- FERC staff prepares a scoping document that includes a preliminary list of issues, and solicits comments on the scope of analysis of issues.
- FERC staff holds scoping meetings, conducts a site visit, and issues a revised scoping document based on public and agency input. Note: the site visit may be held separately if weather conditions are a concern.
Applicant Prepares Study Plan
- Stakeholders (tribes, resource agencies, non-governmental organizations, interested public, and FERC) submit study requests.
- Applicant files proposed study plan.
- Applicant holds a meeting(s) to discuss the proposed study plan and informally resolve study disagreements.
- Applicant files revised study plan.
- FERC issues Study Plan Determination either approving the revised study plan or approving with modifications after considering all information in the record.
- Agencies with mandatory conditioning authority may request formal dispute resolution if they disagree with the Study Plan Determination (SPD).
- Agencies and applicants can agree to conduct studies in addition to those in the SPD.
Applicant Conducts Studies and Prepares License Application
- Applicant conducts studies.
- Applicant files study reports with the Commission and stakeholders for comment, and holds meeting(s) to discuss study results and any needed modifications to the study plan.
- Applicant files preliminary licensing proposal or draft license application with the Commission, agencies, and public for comment.
- Applicant files final license application with the Commission and provides copies to stakeholders.
Commission Processes License Application
- Commission staff reviews the application for compliance with the regulations and any outstanding studies.
- Commission staff notices application ready for environmental analysis, and solicits interventions, comments, and terms and conditions.
- Commission staff issues its environmental analysis (EA or EIS) pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
- The Commission issues its decision on the application.