(June 10, 1920, ch. 285, pt. I, § 4,41 Stat. 1065; June 23, 1930, ch. 572, § 2,46 Stat. 798; renumbered pt. I and amended, Aug. 26, 1935, ch. 687, title II, §§ 202,
212,49 Stat. 839, 847; July 26, 1947, ch. 343, title II, § 205(a),61 Stat. 501; Pub. L. 97–375, title II, § 212,Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1826; Pub. L. 99–495, § 3(a),Oct. 16, 1986, 100 Stat. 1243; Pub. L. 109–58, title II, § 241(a),Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 674.)
2005—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 109–58
, which directed amendment of subsec. (e) by inserting after “adequate protection and utilization of such reservation.” at end of first proviso “The license applicant and any party to the proceeding shall be entitled to a determination on the record, after opportunity for an agency trial-type hearing of no more than 90 days, on any disputed issues of material fact with respect to such conditions. All disputed issues of material fact raised by any party shall be determined in a single trial-type hearing to be conducted by the relevant resource agency in accordance with the regulations promulgated under this subsection and within the time frame established by the Commission for each license proceeding. Within 90 days of August 8, 2005, the Secretaries of the Interior, Commerce, and Agriculture shall establish jointly, by rule, the procedures for such expedited trial-type hearing, including the opportunity to undertake discovery and cross-examine witnesses, in consultation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”, was executed by making the insertion after “adequate protection and utilization of such reservation:” at end of first proviso, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
1986—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 99–495
inserted provisions that in deciding whether to issue any license under this subchapter, the Commission, in addition to power and development purposes, is required to give equal consideration to purposes of energy conservation, the protection, mitigation of damage to, and enhancement of, fish and wildlife, the protection of recreational opportunities, and the preservation of environmental quality.
1982—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 97–375
struck out provision that the report contain the names and show the compensation of the persons employed by the Commission.
1935—Subsec. (a). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, struck out last paragraph of subsec. (a) which related to statements of cost of construction, etc., and free access to projects, maps, etc., and is now covered by subsec. (b).
Subsecs. (b), (c). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, added subsec. (b) and redesignated former subsecs. (b) and (c) as (c) and (d), respectively.
Subsec. (d). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, redesignatedsubsec. (c) as (d) and substituted “3d day of January” for “first Monday in December” in second sentence. Former subsec. (d) redesignated (e).
Subsec. (e). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, redesignatedsubsec. (d) as (e) and substituted “streams or other bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction under its authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States” for “navigable waters of the United States” and “subsection (f)” for “subsection (e)”. Former subsec. (e) redesignated (f).
Subsec. (f). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, redesignatedsubsec. (e) as (f) and substituted “once each week for four weeks” for “for eight weeks”. Former section (f), which related to the power of the Commission to prescribe regulations for the establishment of a system of accounts and the maintenance thereof, was struck out by act Aug. 26, 1935.
Subsec. (g). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, added subsec. (g). Former subsec. (g), which related to the power of the Commission to hold hearings and take testimony by deposition, was struck out.
Subsec. (h). Act Aug. 26, 1935, § 202, struck out subsec. (h) which related to the power of the Commission to perform any and all acts necessary and proper for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
1930—Subsec. (d). Act June 23, 1930, inserted sentence respecting contents of report.
Change of Name
Department of War designated Department of the Army and title of Secretary of War changed to Secretary of the Army by section 205(a) of act July 26, 1947, ch. 343, title II, 61 Stat. 501
. Section 205(a) of act July 26, 1947, was repealed by section 53 of act Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 641. Section 1 of act Aug. 10, 1956, enacted “Title 10, Armed Forces” which in sections
3013 continued military Department of the Army under administrative supervision of Secretary of the Army.
Effective Date of 1986 Amendment
Pub. L. 99–495
, § 18,Oct. 16, 1986, 100 Stat. 1259
, provided that: “Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the amendments made by this Act [enacting section
of this title and amending this section and sections
of this title] shall take effect with respect to each license, permit, or exemption issued under the Federal Power Act after the enactment of this Act [Oct. 16, 1986]. The amendments made by sections 6 and 12 of this Act [enacting section
of this title and amending section
of this title] shall apply to licenses, permits, and exemptions without regard to when issued.”
Pub. L. 99–495
, § 17(a),Oct. 16, 1986, 100 Stat. 1259
, provided that: “Nothing in this Act [see Short Title of 1986 Amendment note set out under section
of this title] shall be construed as authorizing the appropriation of water by any Federal, State, or local agency, Indian tribe, or any other entity or individual. Nor shall any provision of this Act—
“(1) affect the rights or jurisdiction of the United States, the States, Indian tribes, or other entities over waters of any river or stream or over any ground water resource;
“(2) alter, amend, repeal, interpret, modify, or be in conflict with any interstate compact made by the States;
“(3) alter or establish the respective rights of States, the United States, Indian tribes, or any person with respect to any water or water-related right;
“(4) affect, expand, or create rights to use transmission facilities owned by the Federal Government;
“(5) alter, amend, repeal, interpret, modify, or be in conflict with, the Treaty rights or other rights of any Indian tribe;
“(6) permit the filing of any competing application in any relicensing proceeding where the time for filing a competing application expired before the enactment of this Act [Oct. 16, 1986]; or
“(7) modify, supersede, or affect the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act [16
Termination of Reporting Requirements
For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of provisions in subsec. (d) of this section relating to submitting a classified annual report to Congress showing permits and licenses issued under this subchapter, see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66
, as amended, set out as a note under section
, Money and Finance, and page 91
of House Document No. 103–7
Promoting Hydropower Development at Nonpowered Dams and Closed Loop Pumped Storage Projects
Pub. L. 113–23
, § 6,Aug. 9, 2013, 127 Stat. 495
, provided that:
“(a) In General.—To improve the regulatory process and reduce delays and costs for hydropower development at nonpowered dams and closed loop pumped storage projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (referred to in this section as the ‘Commission’) shall investigate the feasibility of the issuance of a license for hydropower development at nonpowered dams and closed loop pumped storage projects in a 2-year period (referred to in this section as a ‘2-year process’). Such a 2-year process shall include any prefiling licensing process of the Commission.
“(b) Workshops and Pilots.—The Commission shall—
“(1) not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Aug. 9, 2013], hold an initial workshop to solicit public comment and recommendations on how to implement a 2-year process;
“(2) develop criteria for identifying projects featuring hydropower development at nonpowered dams and closed loop pumped storage projects that may be appropriate for licensing within a 2-year process;
“(3) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, develop and implement pilot projects to test a 2-year process, if practicable; and
“(4) not later than 3 years after the date of implementation of the final pilot project testing a 2-year process, hold a final workshop to solicit public comment on the effectiveness of each tested 2-year process.
“(c) Memorandum of Understanding.—The Commission shall, to the extent practicable, enter into a memorandum of understanding with any applicable Federal or State agency to implement a pilot project described in subsection (b).
“(1) Pilot projects not implemented.—If the Commission determines that no pilot project described in subsection (b) is practicable because no 2-year process is practicable, not later than 240 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Aug. 9, 2013], the Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that—
“(A) describes the public comments received as part of the initial workshop held under subsection (b)(1); and
“(B) identifies the process, legal, environmental, economic, and other issues that justify the determination of the Commission that no 2-year process is practicable, with recommendations on how Congress may address or remedy the identified issues.
“(2) Pilot projects implemented.—If the Commission develops and implements pilot projects involving a 2-year process, not later than 60 days after the date of completion of the final workshop held under subsection (b)(4), the Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that—
“(A) describes the outcomes of the pilot projects;
“(B) describes the public comments from the final workshop on the effectiveness of each tested 2-year process; and
“(C)(i) outlines how the Commission will adopt policies under existing law (including regulations) that result in a 2-year process for appropriate projects;
“(ii) outlines how the Commission will issue new regulations to adopt a 2-year process for appropriate projects; or
“(iii) identifies the process, legal, environmental, economic, and other issues that justify a determination of the Commission that no 2-year process is practicable, with recommendations on how Congress may address or remedy the identified issues.”
Improvement at Existing Federal Facilities
Pub. L. 102–486
, title XXIV, § 2404,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 3097
, as amended by Pub. L. 103–437
, § 6(d)(37),Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4585
; Pub. L. 104–66
, title I, § 1052(h),Dec. 21, 1995, 109 Stat. 718
, directed Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of the Army, in consultation with Secretary of Energy, to perform reconnaissance level studies, for each of the Nation’s principal river basins, of cost effective opportunities to increase hydropower production at existing federally-owned or operated water regulation, storage, and conveyance facilities, with such studies to be completed within 2 years after Oct. 24, 1992, and transmitted to Congress, further provided that in cases where such studies had been prepared by any agency of the United States and published within ten years prior to Oct. 24, 1992, Secretary of the Interior, or Secretary of the Army, could choose to rely on information developed by prior studies rather than conduct new studies, and further provided for appropriations for fiscal years 1993 to 1995.
Water Conservation and Energy Production
Pub. L. 102–486
, title XXIV, § 2405,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 3098
, provided that:
“(a) Studies.—The Secretary of the Interior, acting pursuant to the Federal reclamation laws (Act of June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388
) [see Short Title note under section
, Public Lands], and Acts supplementary thereto and amendatory thereof, is authorized and directed to conduct feasibility investigations of opportunities to increase the amount of hydroelectric energy available for marketing by the Secretary from Federal hydroelectric power generation facilities resulting from a reduction in the consumptive use of such power for Federal reclamation project purposes or as a result of an increase in the amount of water available for such generation because of water conservation efforts on Federal reclamation projects or a combination thereof. The Secretary of the Interior is further authorized and directed to conduct feasibility investigations of opportunities to mitigate damages to or enhance fish and wildlife as a result of increasing the amount of water available for such purposes because of water conservation efforts on Federal reclamation projects. Such feasibility investigations shall include, but not be limited to—
“(1) an analysis of the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility of reducing the amount of water diverted upstream of such Federal hydroelectric power generation facilities by Federal reclamation projects;
“(2) an estimate of the reduction, if any, of project power consumed as a result of the decreased amount of diversion;
“(3) an estimate of the increase in the amount of electrical energy and related revenues which would result from the marketing of such power by the Secretary;
“(4) an estimate of the fish and wildlife benefits which would result from the decreased or modified diversions;
“(5) a finding by the Secretary of the Interior that the activities proposed in the feasibility study can be carried out in accordance with applicable Federal and State law, interstate compacts and the contractual obligations of the Secretary; and
“(6) a finding by the affected Federal Power Marketing Administrator that the hydroelectric component of the proposed water conservation feature is cost-effective and that the affected Administrator is able to market the hydro-electric power expected to be generated.
“(b) Consultation.—In preparing feasibility studies pursuant to this section, the Secretary of the Interior shall consult with, and seek the recommendations of, affected State, local and Indian tribal interests, and shall provide for appropriate public comment.
“(c) Authorization.—There is hereby authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.”
Projects on Fresh Waters in State of Hawaii
Pub. L. 102–486
, title XXIV, § 2408,Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 3100
, directed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in consultation with State of Hawaii, to carry out study of hydroelectric licensing in State of Hawaii for purposes of considering whether such licensing should be transferred to State, and directed Commission to complete study and submit report containing results of study to Congress within 18 months after Oct. 24, 1992.