American Electric Power (AEP) has elected to use the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC or Commission) Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) for the relicensing of the Byllesby/Buck, Niagara, Racine and Constantine hydroelectric projects. The ILP is intended to streamline the Commission's licensing process by providing a predictable, efficient, and timely licensing process that continues to ensure adequate resource protections. The ILP is formally initiated by AEP's filing with FERC the Pre-Application Documents (PAD) and Notice of Intents (NOI) for the individual projects. Each PAD provides all existing, relevant and reasonably available information about the project and its effect on resources, and sets a well-defined process plan, a schedule for developing the license application and a list of preliminary studies and issues. The information in the PAD allows FERC and stakeholders to identify data gaps and help form study requests to acquire the necessary information to develop a new license.

Filings throughout the relicensing process will be posted on each individual project page. This will include the PAD, NOI, schedule, study plans and results, license application, correspondences, and all other pertinent information to support relicensing. Certain information may be restricted from publication on this website in accordance with FERC's regulations protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) or in cases where the document contains sensitive information (e.g. cultural resource sites, sensitive species locations, etc.).

ILP Overview

  • File PAD and NOI to initiate relicensing of the project.
  • FERC conducts scoping:
    • Reviews information, refines issues, explores data gaps, and finalizes the process schedule.
    • Holds site visit and public scoping meetings.
  • AEP files proposed Study Plans:
    • Discuss study plans and work to resolve disagreements, if any (recommended studies or information requests must have a Project nexus and meet FERC’s seven study criteria).
    • File revised Study Plans.
    • FERC issues its Study Plan Determination.
    • Dispute resolution process for mandatory conditioning agencies is available, if necessary.
    • FERC issues Study Dispute Determination, if necessary.
  • Studies are conducted and AEP issues Initial Study Report for review and comment.

  • AEP applies for Section 401 Water Quality Certification (401 WQC) with governing State agency.
  • AEP files Draft License Application and Final License Application:
    • Draft License Application issued for review and comment.
    • Final License Application filed.
    • FERC complies with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, conducts environmental review, and issues final environmental assessment to balance project against potential effects and proposed mitigation measures.
    • FERC solicits participants and certain agencies for comments and recommendations under FPA to consider in the new license.
    • FERC issues new license with new terms and conditions, including 401 WQC requirements.
  • For additional information regarding the relicensing process, FERC rules and regulations, click on the link (https://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/gen-info/licensing.asp).