FERC hydrokinetic energy project policy statement allows conditioned licensing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a policy statement that allows the commission to issue conditioned licenses for hydrokinetic energy projects under appropriate circumstances.

12/13/2007


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
The policy statement covers projects that use currents, waves, and tides to generate renewable electric energy. It allows FERC to issue licenses for new hydrokinetic projects even though certain authorizations required from other entities are outstanding. Licenses issued under these circumstances would include conditions precluding the licensee from starting construction until it has obtained all necessary authorizations.
“FERC has been flexible with its regulatory abilities with respect to hydrokinetic projects so that these new projects can move forward as quickly as possible,” said FERC chairman Joseph T. Kelliher. “Today’s policy statement continues that tradition and provides regulatory certainty to developers.”
FERC official said that the policy statement is consistent with FERC’s approach to approving certificates for natural gas pipelines and authorizations for liquefied natural gas facilities under the Natural Gas Act. FERC issues authorizations for these projects while applicants are still awaiting the issuance of permits from other federal and state entities.
Issuing conditioned licenses for hydrokinetic technologies will have no environmental impact, will not diminish the authority of the states or other federal agencies, and will improve the ability of project developers to secure financing of demonstration projects, FERC said.
In December 2006, the Commission held a technical conference on hydrokinetics to hear from state and federal agencies, tribes, developers, and stakeholders. As a result of that conference, FERC on Feb. 15, 2007, issued a notice of inquiry and interim policy statement adopting a “strict scrutiny” approach to reviewing preliminary permits.
On Oct. 2, 2007, FERC conducted a commissioner-led technical conference in Portland, Ore., to discuss a pilot project license process the commission staff introduced in July 2007, which expedited the licensing process for certain hydrokinetic project proposals. Public comment was received from interested parties throughout all of these steps and reviewed by the commission.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me