Hydro Relicensing

A new 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.

Click here to view a copy of the FERC license order.

Hydro relicensing documentation

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

Aquatic, Water Quality, Geomorphology & Hydrology Resource Reports

Cultural Resources Reports

Land Use Resource Reports

Recreation / Aesthetics Resource Reports

Socioeconomic Technical Resource Reports

Terrestrial Resources Reports

CEQA & NEPA Reports

 Hydro License Implementation

A new 50-year operating license

In 2014 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted SMUD a new 50-year license that spells out rules and conditions for our operation of the Upper American River Project (UARP) through 2064.  License implementation and operating requirements Under the new license, SMUD agreed to release more water from dams to support aquatic habitats, whitewater rafting, and also to carry out extensive ecological monitoring and reporting over the next 50 years. We also agreed to spend $155 million over 20 years to improve public recreation facilities around our reservoirs in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area, just north of Highway 50 on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. Click here to view a copy of the FERC license order.