The relicensing of 231 hydropower projects will occur between 2018 and 2025, with an additional 100+ projects to be relicensed between 2026 and 2030. More than half of these projects are located in the Northeast and about 30% are located in the Midwest and South. All of the projects will need to address a variety of environmental issues associated with their operation and, in many cases, mitigation alternatives will need to be developed to reduce or minimize impacts to affected resources. The two most prevalent environmental issues addressed during relicensing typically are instream flows and fish passage. Fish passage can be problematic with respect to biological, engineering, and project operation considerations, as well as be very costly.
To help understand and address environmental impacts as part of the relicensing process, Alden hosted the Hydropower and Fish Passage Forum. The goal of the Forum is to bring together regulatory and resource agencies, NGOs, consultants, and project owners to exchange information and have relevant discussions on important environmental issues (primarily fish passage) addressed during the FERC relicensing process.
Forum topics included:
Speakers and Panel Participants included representatives from the following organizations:
Brookfield Renewable Energy (Maine)
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