Borel Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 382)

What’s FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, electricity and hydropower projects. They are responsible for issuing hydropower project initial licensing, relicensing and decommissioning. Here is a short video and information to explain FERC more.

What’s a Surrender Application?

A Surrender Application is what SCE must file before FERC will allow SCE to decommission the remainder of the Borel Canal, Powerhouse and associated project features. FERC processes the Surrender Application to ensure that safety and environmental concerns are addressed. Once the application is approved (approximately two to five years), a public notice and 30-day public comment period will be issued.

The SCE Borel Project team will be conducting public outreach and awareness activities well before the FERC 30-day comment period.

Read more about the surrender process here.

The Surrender Application will include:

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A proposed decommissioning plan that details the proposed removal and restoration of the Borel Project features and associated lands

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An Environmental Report that assess potential decommissioning impacts to environmental attributes and outlines the necessary permits and approvals

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Proposed mitigation and enhancement measures to address any impacts during construction

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Proposed post decommissioning monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of the restoration work