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Small/Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

Prepare Application (4.30 External Link)
Applicants should include time in their schedule for reviewing any comments received on the Initial Consultation Document (ICD) or Preliminary Application Document (PAD) and for addressing those comments in the application which is filed for Commission approval.

For an application template see: Conduit Exemption Application Template Word, 10-MW Exemption Application Template Word, or License Application Template

All applications for a hydroelectric project require maps and drawings. Commission staff must be able to determine: a) the location of the project and the extent of land area impacted by the project works, and b) the proposed design of all power producing structures and equipment. The extent of maps and drawings is determined by the complexity of the project. All exhibit drawings must be of a quality and contain sufficient detail for Commission staff to review and make decisions regarding project impacts to the surrounding environment.

For instructions how to file exhibit drawings, see: Preparing Exhibit Drawings for a License or Exemption Application

The applicant must serve on every resource agency, affected tribe, and stakeholder consulted copies of:

  • The application;
  • Any deficiency corrections, revisions, supplement, response to additional information requests, or amendments to the application; and
  • Any written correspondence from the Commission asking the applicant to correct a deficiency or provide additional information.

The applicant must certify that copies of the final application have been mailed to these agencies and stakeholders. The applicant must also file the final application with the Commission's Secretary and a copy to the appropriate Regional Director.

Applications may be filed electronically via the Internet.  See 18 C.F.R. 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) External Link and the instructions on the Commission’s website under the eFiling link.  For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support:

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call toll-free at (866) 208-3676; or, for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.  Although the Commission strongly encourages eFiling of documents, documents may also be paper-filed.  To paper-file, mail an original and 7 copies to:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Applicants must provide public notice of the filing of the application no later than the filing date of the application in a daily or weekly newspaper in each county in which the project would be located. For a public notice template, see: Application Filing Public Notice Template Word