The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California State Water Resources Control Board signed a memorandum of understanding November 20 to improve hydropower project licensing. The agreement will streamline the pre-application review, coordinate with state water quality certifications, and improve licensing efficiency.

Small Generator Electric Grid Interconnection Rule Approved

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved November 21 a final rule simplifying electric grid interconnection agreement procedures for small generators. Chairman Jon Wellinghoff had recused himself from the final rule because of a former client. The final rule, which resulted from a solar industry issue, revised fast track processes and provided for a customer request for a pre-application system condition report.

Wellinghoff Leaves FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff stepped down November 24. Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will serve as acting Chair until a replacement is confirmed.