Hydro Licensing

What is Hydro licensing?

Two of Puget Sound Energy's hydroelectric projects, Baker River and Snoqualmie Falls, are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

According to the Federal Power Act of 1920, FERC has exclusive authority to license all non-federal hydroelectric projects located on navigable waterways or federal lands. New licenses are normally issued for a period of 30 to 50 years.

Baker River Dam

Baker River licensing

PSE received a new 50-year FERC license for the Baker River Project in October 2008.

Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls licensing

PSE received a new 40-year FERC license for the Snoqualmie Falls Project in June 2004.