Steps in a Traditional Relicensing Process
There are three stages of consultation in the Traditional Licensing Process. Although Duke Energy has enhanced this process to include extensive collaborative opportunities for meaningful input.
First Stage Consultation Phase – February 2003 - July 2003 - Identify issues related to relicensing and the studies needed to address them. This stage includes a written First Stage Consultation Document and a formal, publicly noticed meetings with resource agencies and the public.
Second Stage Consultation Phase – August 2003 - August 2006 - This phase begins with the development of detailed study plans and includes the actual field studies, study reports and concludes with the filing of the license application with the FERC.
Third Stage Consultation Phase – September 2006 - August 2008 - This phase begins when the licensee files the license application with the FERC. The FERC conducts this final stage, which includes an independent environmental analysis and concludes with the issuance of a new FERC license.