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General Information

The Commission's major hydropower activity is relicensing existing projects whose licenses are about to expire. Staff prepares either an Environmental Assessments (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and bases recommended license conditions on the these reviews. Read More

Administration and Compliance
The Commission regulates over 1,700 non-federal dams in the US. FERC staff ensures compliance with the numerous terms and conditions contained in each of the licenses and exemptions issued. Read More

Comprehensive Plans
Section 10(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to consider the extent to which a project is consistent with Federal or state comprehensive plans for improving, developing, or conserving a waterway or waterways affected by the project. Read More



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Project Information
The following descriptive information is available for licenses, exemptions, and preliminary permits issued by the Commission:

  1. Project Number and Name;
  2. Licensee/Exemptee/Permitee;
  3. Authorized Capacity in Kilowatts;
  4. State(s);
  5. River/Stream;
  6. Issuance Date; and
  7. Expiration Date.

For further information you should contact the Public Reference Room during the hours of 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday at 202-502-8371 or toll-free at 1-866-208-3676. Your requests can also be e-mailed to