When the Commission adopted the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) on July 23, 2003, it committed to studying the effectiveness of the ILP in achieving its goal of providing a more efficient and effective licensing process. In 2005 and again in 2010, Commission staff asked participants using the ILP about ideas, tools, and techniques that were being implemented (or could be implemented) to achieve the goals of the ILP within the framework of the existing regulations.
Based on that feedback, Commission staff prepared the following guidance document: Ideas for Implementing and Participating in the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP): Tools for Industry, Agencies, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organization, Citizens, and FERC staff (version 2.0). The compilation of concepts, actions, and activities should be helpful to future ILP participants.
The ILP Effectiveness Study confirmed that the ILP is achieving its purposes of providing an efficient and effective hydropower licensing process in most cases. The study also brought to light areas where each constituency (applicants, agencies, tribes, NGOs) could focus attention to improve the process. Commission staff is providing the following Action Plan for areas in its purview. We encourage other constituencies to do the same.
Initiatives and Goals
|Update the guidance document Ideas for Implementing and Participating in the Integrated Licensing Process: Tools for Industry, Agencies, Tribes, Non-governmental Agencies, Citizens, and FERC staff||March 24, 2011|
|Update the guidance document Understanding the Study Criteria||March 5, 2012|
|Develop and post on the web a tutorial on the ILP||July 2012|
|Conduct webinars to educate interested stakeholders on the ILP||To be scheduled|
|Discuss ways to better coordinate licensing and Endangered Species Act consultation with National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||To be scheduled|
|Undertake project-specific initiatives:
A summary of comments provided during the 2010 and 2005 participant interviews, multi-sector teleconferences, regional outreach meetings, and technical conferences can be reviewed in:
2010: Integrated License Process Evaluation Feedback: Summary of Comments Provided during Participant Interviews, Multi-Sector Teleconferences, and Regional Outreach Meetings
2005: Integrated Licensing Process Evaluation Feedback: Summary of Comments Provided during Participant Interviews, Multi-Sector Teleconferences, and Regional Outreach Meetings
November 3, 2010 – ILP Technical Conference Transcripts
June 23, 2005 - ILP Technical Conference Transcripts