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Micro-Hydro Power


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The use of water in the West is often a contentious issue. The installation of micro-hydro systems reflects this concern through a heavy regulatory burden relative to other renewable energy technologies. Any new micro-hydropower facility is subject regulatory approval concerning surface water rights and quality in both Wyoming and Montana. Efforts are ongoing to reduce the regulatory burden, but there are several important steps to licensing.

In addition, you will need to complete other steps associated with the installation of electricity generating renewable energy systems, such as utility interconnection, inspections, and county construction permits. Although there are many variables, the entire process can take from 3-24 or more months, so it is important to start early in the project development process.


For additional licensing information, visit FERC’s website at http://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower.asp