Integrated Licensing Process
Duke Energy will use the FERCís Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) in seeking to relicense the Keowee-Toxaway Project. The ILP is intended to streamline the FERCís licensing process by providing a predictable, efficient, and timely licensing process that continues to ensure adequate resource protection. Three fundamental principles of the ILP are:
- Early identification of issues and resolution of studies needed, avoiding the need for studies after the application is filed.
- Integration of other stakeholder permitting process needs.
- Established timeframes to complete process steps for all stakeholders, including the FERC.
There are numerous steps in the ILP.
- Duke Energy Files Pre-Application Document (PAD) & Notice of Intent
- The PAD brings together all existing, relevant and reasonably available information about the Project and its effects on resources.
- The PAD also includes a well-defined process plan that sets the schedule for developing the license application and a list of preliminary studies and issues.
- The FERC Conducts Scoping
- The purpose of scoping is to identify and refine issues, discuss existing information, explore information gaps and finalize the process plan.
- Stakeholders discuss the issues and provide study requests.
- Duke Energy Files Proposed Study Plan
- Study plans describe existing resources and resource management goals of agencies
- Duke Energy holds a meeting to discuss the proposed study plan and informally resolve study disagreements.
- Studies are conducted
- Duke Energy Files Preliminary Licensing Proposal or Draft License Application
- Duke Energy Files Final License Application
- Once the application is filed, the FERC has defined timeframes to prepare and issue its environmental analysis pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
For more details about the ILP, visit the FERCís website www.ferc.gov.