18 CFR 4.61 - Contents of application.

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§ 4.61 Contents of application.

(a)General instructions -

(1)Entry upon land. No work may be started on any proposed project works until the applicant receives a signed license from the Commission. Acceptance of an application does not authorize entry upon public lands or reservations of the United States for any purpose. The applicant should determine whether any additional Federal, state, or local permits are required.

(2) Exhibits F and G must be submitted on separate drawings. Drawings for Exhibits F and G must have identifying title blocks and bear the following certification: “This drawing is a part of the application for license made by the undersigned this _______ day of _______, 19__.”

(3) Each application for a license for a water power project 5 megawatts or less must include the information requested in the initial statement and lettered exhibits described by paragraphs (b) through (f) of this section, and must be provided in the form specified. The Commission reserves the right to require additional information, or another filing procedure, if data provided indicate such action to be appropriate.

(b)Initial statement.

Before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Application for License for a [Minor Water Power Project, or Major Water Power Project, 5 Megawatts or Less, as Appropriate]

(1) _____ (Name of Applicant) applies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for _____ (license or new license, as appropriate) for the _____ (name of project) water power project, as described hereinafter. (Specify any previous FERC project number designation.)

(2) The location of the project is:

State or territory:
Township or nearby town:
Stream or other body of water:

(3) The exact name, address, and telephone number of the applicant are:

(4) The exact name, address, and telephone number of each person authorized to act as agent for the applicant in this application, if applicable, are:

(5) The applicant is a ___ [citizen of the United States, association of citizens of the United States, domestic corporation, municipality, or State, as appropriate] and (is/is not) claiming preference under section 7(a) of the Federal Power Act. See 16 U.S.C. 796.


(i) The statutory or regulatory requirements of the state(s) in which the project would be located that affect the project as proposed with respect to bed and banks and the appropriation, diversion, and use of water for power purposes, and with respect to the right to engage in the business of developing, transmitting, and distributing power and in any other business necessary to accomplish the purposes of the license under the Federal Power Act, are: [provide citation and brief identification of the nature of each requirement; if the applicant is a municipality, the applicant must submit copies of applicable state or local laws or a municipal charter or, if such laws or documents are not clear, any other appropriate legal authority, evidencing that the municipality is competent under such laws to engage in the business of developing, transmitting, utilizing, or distributing power.]

(ii) The steps which the applicant has taken or plans to take to comply with each of the laws cited above are: [provide brief description for each requirement]

(7) Brief project description

(i) Proposed installed generating capacity ___ MW.

(ii) Check appropriate box:

☐ existing dam ☐ unconstructed dam
☐ existing dam, major modified project (see § 4.30(b)(14))

(8) Lands of the United States affected (shown on Exhibit G):

(Name) (Acres)
(i) National Forest
(ii) Indian Reservation
(iii) Public Lands Under Jurisdiction of
(iv) Other
(v) Total U.S. Lands

(vi) Check appropriate box:

☐ Surveyed land ☐ Unsurveyed land

(9) Construction of the project is planned to start within __ months, and is planned to be completed within __ months, from the date of issuance of license.

(c)Exhibit A is a description of the project and the proposed mode of operation.

(1) The exhibit must include, in tabular form if possible, as appropriate:

(i) The number of generating units, including auxiliary units, the capacity of each unit, and provisions, if any, for future units;

(ii) The type of hydraulic turbine(s);

(iii) A description of how the plant is to be operated, manual or automatic, and whether the plant is to be used for peaking;

(iv) The estimated average annual generation in kilowatt-hours or mechanical energy equivalent;

(v) The estimated average head on the plant;

(vi) The reservoir surface area in acres and, if known, the net and gross storage capacity;

(vii) The estimated minimum and maximum hydraulic capacity of the plant (flow through the plant) in cubic feet per second and estimated average flow of the stream or water body at the plant or point of diversion; for projects with installed capacity of more than 1.5 megawatts, monthly flow duration curves and a description of the drainage area for the project site must be provided;

(viii) Sizes, capacities, and construction materials, as appropriate, of pipelines, ditches, flumes, canals, intake facilities, powerhouses, dams, transmission lines, and other appurtenances; and

(ix) The estimated cost of the project.

(x) The estimated capital costs and estimated annual operation and maintenance expense of each proposed environmental measure.

(2) State the purposes of project (for example, use of power output).

(3) An estimate of the cost to develop the license application; and

(4) The on-peak and off-peak values of project power, and the basis for estimating the values, for projects which are proposed to operate in a mode other than run-of-river.

(5) The estimated average annual increase or decrease in project generation, and the estimated average annual increase or decrease of the value of project power due to a change in project operations (i.e., minimum bypass flows, limiting reservoir fluctuations) for an application for a new license;

(6) The remaining undepreciated net investment, or book value of the project;

(7) The annual operation and maintenance expenses, including insurance, and administrative and general costs;

(8) A detailed single-line electrical diagram;

(9) A statement of measures taken or planned to ensure safe management, operation, and maintenance of the project.

(d)Exhibit E is an Environmental Report.

(1) For major unconstructed and major modified projects 5 MW or less. Any application must contain an Exhibit E conforming with the data and consultation requirements of § 4.41(f) of this chapter, if the application is for license for a water power project which has or is proposed to have a total installed generating capacity greater than 1.5 MW but not greater than 5 MW, and which:

(i) Would use the water power potential of a dam and impoundment which, at the time of application, has not been constructed (see § 4.30(b)(15)); or

(ii) Involves any repair, modification or reconstruction of an existing dam that would result in a significant change in the normal maximum surface area or elevation of an existing impoundment or involves any change in existing project works or operations that would result in a significant environmental impact (see § 4.30(b)(14)).

(2)For minor projects and major projects at existing dams 5 MW or less. An application for license for either a minor water power project with a total proposed installed generating capacity of 1.5 MW or less or a major project - existing dam with a proposed total installed capacity of 5 MW or less must contain an Exhibit E under this subparagraph. See § 4.38 for consultation requirements. The Environmental Report must contain the following information:

(i) A description, including any maps or photographs which the applicant considers appropriate, of the environmental setting of the project, including vegetative cover, fish and wildlife resources, water quality and quantity, land and water uses, recreational uses, historical and archeological resources, and scenic and aesthetic resources. The report must include a discussion of endangered or threatened plant and animal species, any critical habitats, and any sites included in, or eligible for inclusion in, the National Register of Historic Places. The applicant may obtain assistance in the preparation of this information from state natural resources agencies, the state historic preservation officer, and from local offices of Federal natural resources agencies.

(ii) A description of the expected environmental impacts from proposed construction or development and the proposed operation of the power project, including any impacts from any proposed changes in the capacity and mode of operation of the project if it is already generating electric power, and an explanation of the specific measures proposed by the applicant, the agencies, and others to protect and enhance environmental resources and values and to mitigate adverse impacts of the project on such resources. The applicant must explain its reasons for not undertaking any measures proposed by any agency consulted.

(iii) A description of the steps taken by the applicant in consulting with Federal, state, and local agencies with expertise in environmental matters during the preparation of this exhibit prior to filing the application for license with the Commission. In this report, the applicant must:

(A) Indicate which agencies were consulted during the preparation of the environmental report and provide copies of letters or other documentation showing that the applicant consulted or attempted to consult with each of the relevant agencies (specifying each agency) before filing the application, including any terms or conditions of license that those agencies have determined are appropriate to prevent loss of, or damage to, natural resources; and

(B) List those agencies that were provided copies of the application as filed with the Commission, the date or dates provided, and copies of any letters that may be received from agencies commenting on the application.

(iv) Any additional information the applicant considers important.

(e)Exhibit F. See § 4.41(g) of this chapter.

(f)Exhibit G. See § 4.41(h) of this chapter.

[Order 185, 46 FR 55949, Nov. 13, 1981, as amended by Order 413, 50 FR 11685, Mar. 25, 1985; Order 464, 52 FR 5449, Feb. 23, 1987; Order 513, 54 FR 23806, June 2, 1989; Order 2002, 68 FR 51120, Aug. 25, 2003; 68 FR 61742, Oct. 30, 2003]

This is a list of United States Code sections, Statutes at Large, Public Laws, and Presidential Documents, which provide rulemaking authority for this CFR Part.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 7101 - Definitions

§ 7111 - Congressional findings

§ 7112 - Congressional declaration of purpose

§ 7113 - Relationship with States

§ 7131 - Establishment

§ 7132 - Principal officers

§ 7133 - Assistant Secretaries; appointment and confirmation; identification of responsibilities

§ 7134 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; compensation of Chairman and members

§ 7135 - Energy Information Administration

§ 7135a - Delegation by Secretary of Energy of energy research, etc., functions to Administrator of Energy Information Administration; prohibition against required delegation; utilization of capabilities by Secretary

§ 7136 - Economic Regulatory Administration; appointment of Administrator; compensation; qualifications; functions

§ 7137 - Functions of Comptroller General

§ 7138 - Repealed. Pub. L. 100–504, title I, § 102(e)(1)(A), Oct. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 2517

§ 7139 - Office of Science; establishment; appointment of Director; compensation; duties

§ 7140 - Leasing Liaison Committee; establishment; composition

§ 7141 - Office of Minority Economic Impact

§ 7142 - National Atomic Museum and National Atomic Testing Museum

§ 7142a - Designation of American Museum of Science and Energy

§ 7142b - Authority

§ 7142c - Museum volunteers

§ 7142d - Definitions

§ 7143 - Repealed. Pub. L. 106–65, div. C, title XXXII, § 3294(d)(1), Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 970

§ 7144 - Establishment of policy for National Nuclear Security Administration

§ 7144a - Establishment of security, counterintelligence, and intelligence policies

§ 7144b - Office of Counterintelligence

§ 7144c - Office of Intelligence

§ 7144d - Office of Arctic Energy

§ 7144e - Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

§ 7151 - General transfers

§ 7151a - Jurisdiction over matters transferred from Energy Research and Development Administration

§ 7152 - Transfers from Department of the Interior

§ 7153 - Administration of leasing transfers

§ 7154 - Transfers from Department of Housing and Urban Development

§ 7155 - Repealed. Pub. L. 103–272, § 7(b), July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1379

§ 7156 - Transfers from Department of the Navy

§ 7156a - Repealed. Pub. L. 105–85, div. C, title XXXIV, § 3403, Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2059

§ 7157 - Transfers from Department of Commerce

§ 7158 - Naval reactor and military application programs

§ 7159 - Transfer to Department of Transportation

§ 7171 - Appointment and administration

§ 7172 - Jurisdiction of Commission

§ 7173 - Initiation of rulemaking procedures before Commission

§ 7174 - Referral of other rulemaking proceedings to Commission

§ 7175 - Right of Secretary to intervene in Commission proceedings

§ 7176 - Reorganization

§ 7177 - Access to information

§ 7178 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission fees and annual charges

§ 7191 - Procedures for issuance of rules, regulations, or orders

§ 7192 - Judicial review

§ 7193 - Remedial orders

§ 7194 - Requests for adjustments

§ 7195 - Report to Congress; contents

§ 7211, 7212 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–106, div. D, title XLIII, § 4304(b)(6), Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 664

§ 7213 to 7217 - Repealed. Pub. L. 103–160, div. C, title XXXI, § 3161(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1957

§ 7218 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–106, div. D, title XLIII, § 4304(b)(6), Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 664

§ 7231 - Officers and employees

§ 7232 - Senior positions

§ 7233 - Experts and consultants

§ 7234 - Advisory committees

§ 7235 - Armed services personnel

§ 7236 - Transferred

§ 7237 - Priority placement, job placement, retraining, and counseling programs for United States Department of Energy employees affected by reduction in force

§ 7238 - Temporary appointments for scientific and technical experts in Department of Energy research and development programs

§ 7239 - Transferred

§ 7251 - General authority

§ 7252 - Delegation

§ 7253 - Reorganization

§ 7254 - Rules and regulations

§ 7255 - Subpoena

§ 7256 - Contracts, leases, etc., with public agencies and private organizations and persons

§ 7256a, 7256b - Transferred

§ 7257 - Acquisition, construction, etc., of laboratories, research and testing sites, etc.

§ 7257a to 7257c - Transferred

§ 7257d - Expanded research by Secretary of Energy

§ 7258 - Facilities construction

§ 7259 - Use of facilities

§ 7259a - Activities of Department of Energy facilities

§ 7260 - Field offices

§ 7261 - Acquisition of copyrights, patents, etc.

§ 7261a - Protection of sensitive technical information

§ 7261b - Technology transfer to small businesses

§ 7261c - Technology partnerships ombudsman

§ 7262 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–206, title V, § 502, Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3002

§ 7263 - Capital fund

§ 7264 - Seal of Department

§ 7265 - Regional Energy Advisory Boards

§ 7266 - Designation of conservation officers

§ 7267 - Annual report

§ 7268 - Leasing report

§ 7269 - Transfer of funds

§ 7269a - Repealed. Pub. L. 109–289, div. B, title II, § 20319, as added Pub. L. 110–5, § 2, Feb. 15, 2007, 121 Stat. 21.

§ 7269b - Transfer of unexpended appropriation balances

§ 7269c - Funding for Department of Energy activities not included in Fossil Energy account

§ 7270 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 7270a - Guards for Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270b - Trespass on Strategic Petroleum Reserve facilities

§ 7270c - Annual assessment and report on vulnerability of facilities to terrorist attack

§ 7271 - Transferred

§ 7271a - Repealed. Pub. L. 105–85, div. C, title XXXI, § 3152(h), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2042

§ 7271b - Repealed. Pub. L. 106–65, div. C, title XXXII, § 3294(f), Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 970

§ 7271c - Repealed. Pub. L. 105–85, div. C, title XXXI, § 3152(b), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2042

§ 7271d to 7273a - Transferred

§ 7273b - Security investigations

§ 7273c - Transferred

§ 7274 - Environmental impact statements relating to defense facilities of Department of Energy

§ 7274a to 7274d - Transferred

§ 7274e - Scholarship and fellowship program for environmental restoration and waste management

§ 7274f - Transferred

§ 7274g - Environmental restoration and waste management five-year plan and budget reports

§ 7274h, 7274i - Transferred

§ 7274j - Repealed. Pub. L. 108–136, div. C, title XXXI, § 3141(m)(2), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1787

§ 7274k - Transferred

§ 7274l - Authority to transfer certain Department of Energy property

§ 7274m to 7274o - Transferred

§ 7274p - Transferred

§ 7274q - Transferred

§ 7274r - Transferred

§ 7274s - Transferred

§ 7275 - Definitions

§ 7276 - Regulations to require integrated resource planning

§ 7276a - Technical assistance

§ 7276b - Integrated resource plans

§ 7276c - Miscellaneous provisions

§ 7276d - Property protection program for power marketing administrations

§ 7276e - Provision of rewards

§ 7276f - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of discretionary offsetting collections

§ 7276g - Western Area Power Administration; deposit and availability of funds related to Falcon and Amistad Dams

§ 7277 - Report concerning review of United States coal imports

§ 7278 - Availability of appropriations for Department of Energy for transportation, uniforms, security, and price support and loan guarantee programs; transfer of funds; acceptance of contributions

§ 7279 - Identification in budget materials of amounts for certain Department of Energy pension obligations

§ 7279a - Future-years energy program annual submission and budgeting

§ 7291 - Transfer and allocations of appropriations and personnel

§ 7292 - Effect on personnel

§ 7293 - Agency terminations

§ 7294 - Incidental transfers

§ 7295 - Savings provisions

§ 7296 - Separability

§ 7297 - Cross references

§ 7298 - Presidential authority

§ 7299 - Transition

§ 7300 - Report to Congress; effect on personnel

§ 7301 - Environmental impact statements

§ 7321 - National Energy Policy Plan

§ 7322 - Congressional review

§ 7341 - Effective date

§ 7342 - Interim appointments

§ 7351 - Submission of comprehensive review

§ 7352 - Contents of review

Title 18 published on 15-Jun-2017 04:02

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 18 CFR Part 4 after this date.

  • 2014-10-01; vol. 79 # 190 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    1. 79 FR 59105 - Revisions and Technical Corrections To Conform the Commission's Regulations to the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013
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      DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
      Final rule.
      Effective Date: This rule will become effective February 23, 2015.
      18 CFR Parts 4 and 380