Nantahala Area

Hydroelectric Relicensing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued all six hydroelectric licenses for the Nantahala area. These licenses kickstart processes for a variety of public recreation and aquatic habitat enhancements for the region. We are implementing the terms of these licenses while awaiting FERC decisions on some outstanding issues.

Between 2000 and 2003, team members invested more than 9,000 hours visiting sites, guiding study needs, reviewing reports and collaborating to address environmental concerns and public recreation needs. The Nantahala and Tuckasegee settlement agreements are key to successfully relicensing the hydro stations. The two legally binding agreements, signed in 2003, are the work of stakeholder teams representing 30 organizations, including Duke Energy.



FERC Projects

Project Number
Bryson Project
2601
Franklin Project
2603
Mission Project
2619
East Fork Project
2698
West Fork Project
2686
Nantahala Project
2692
Queens Project
2694
Visit the links below to learn more about the Nantahala relicensing process, including the array of recreation and environmental enhancements that we expect to initiate under the new licenses.