Hydro relicensing

A 50-year operating license

Under a license granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), SMUD operates a 688-megawatt hydroelectric system – the Upper American River Project (UARP) – in the El Dorado National Forest. Following an extensive relicensing process that began in the late 1990s, SMUD’s application for renewal of its 50-year license was granted in 2014.


Here you'll find key documents related to the license renewal effort, including study plans and reports.

This page is updated annually. The reports available here may not be the latest versions.