The Hackett Mills facility operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hackett Mills Hydro Associates (a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy) is the licensee for the facility. The facility's current license was issued in 1984 and expires in 2024. On August 29, 2019, the licensee submitted documentation to the FERC to initiate the process of re-licensing the Hackett Mills facility.
The licensee is following a FERC process known as the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP). The TLP is one of three approved processes, described on the FERC website here: https://www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/gen-info/licensing/licen-pro.asp. Currently, the process is in the first stage: the licensee has filed a notice of intent, preliminary application document, request to use TLP, and newspaper notice. Once the FERC has approved the use of the TLP, the licensees will conduct a Joint Agency Meeting and Site Visit.
NOI, PAD, and TLP Request
On August 29, 2019, the licensee filed with the FERC a Notice of Intent (NOI) to file an application for a new license, a Pre-Application Document (PAD) for the Hackett Mills project, and a request for approval to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP). These documents are available for download below. The filing of the NOI officially initiates the process of relicensing for the Hackett Mills facility. The TLP request specifies which of the three approved processes the licensee is choosing to follow in its relicensing application process. The PAD contains a detailed summary of information about the project for all stakeholders to review at the beginning of the process. Some of the information presented in the PAD is considered Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) as defined by 18 CFR §388.113(c). Such information has been removed from the public version of the PAD. In accordance with the FERC's filing guidelines, all CEII is included in a separate volume. In addition, some of the information presented in the PAD contains confidential financial information as defined by 18 CFR §388.112, which has been removed from the public version of the PAD and has been filed in accordance with the FERC's filing guidelines as a separate volume.
Joint Agency and Public Meeting and Site Visit
The licensee will host a Joint Agency and Public Meeting (JAM) for the Project on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to:
- provide information about the Project and licensing process;
- solicit information regarding the existing environmental resources associated with the Project and data that may need to be obtained; and
- obtain agency and stakeholder opinions regarding the Project and its potential effect on existing resources.
The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 15 Lincoln St, Lewiston, ME 04240. This meeting is open to the public but is primarily focused on issues and concerns of the state and federal resource agencies. A tour of the Project facilities will be held immediately following the meeting at 1 Mechanic Falls Road, Poland, ME 04274.
The licensee kindly requests that interested parties, including members of the public planning to attend the Meeting and/or Site Visit RSVP to Jane Manibusan at or (920) 293-4628 x318 by December 11, 2019. If attending the Site Visit, please wear flat, hard-soled, closed-toe shoes, such as work boots or hiking shoes, and long pants. Please note that persons under 16 years of age will not be permitted in non-public areas of the Project.
The proposed meeting agenda is:
- Introduction to Project Licensing Team Members
- Project Description
- Overview of Licensing Process
- Pre-Application Document (PAD)
- Discussion of Identified Issues
- Comments and Questions
Comments and Study Requests
Comments on the PAD and Study Requests will be due within 60 days after the JAM on December 18, 2019. The process for providing comments and study requests will be described in the JAM and in materials posted on this website after the JAM.
All filings related to the relicensing process are available from the FERC's eLibrary website: elibrary.ferc.gov. Search for filings by project number: P-6398.
The licensee is making available major document submissions, major FERC orders, and other relevant documents on this website.
Initial Submission on August 29, 2019:
- Transmittal Letter, NOI, and Request to use TLP (21 pages; 682 kB)
- PAD Volume I (Public) (211 pages; 8.37 MB)
The licensee also filed with FERC drawings classified as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) as defined by 18 CFR §388.113(c), as well as financial information considered Privileged as defined by 18 CFR §388.112. These were filed as Volumes II and III of the PAD and are not available for public distribution.
These documents are available on this site via the links above.
The licensee will also provide hard copies of any of the above documents upon request. A reproduction cost fee of $0.25/page will apply to such requests. Please use the link below to download a request form and mail the completed form, along with a check for the reproduction cost fee, to Hackett Mills Hydro Associates, care of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, to request a hard copy of any document.
Contact and Communications
Questions about the Hackett Mills relicensing process may be directed to Matthew Nini at .
The licensee will continue to post public information regarding the relicensing of the Hackett Mills facility as the process continues.