The French Landing facility operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). STS Hydropower, LLC (a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy) and the Township of Van Buren, Michigan are the licensees for the facility. The facility's current license was issued in 1987 and expires in 2027. On April 29, 2022, the licensees filed documents with the FERC (available below) to initiate the relicensing of the project using the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP).
The licensee is following a FERC process known as the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). The ILP is one of three approved processes, described on the FERC website here: https://www.ferc.gov/industries-data/hydropower/licensing/licensing-processes. Under the ILP, the FERC will provide public notice of the application, issue a Scoping Document outlining the process and schedule, and schedule scoping meetings and a site visit. The licensee will provide further information on this website during the process.
NOI, PAD, and ILP Request
On April 29, 2022, the licensee filed with the FERC a Notice of Intent (NOI) to file an application for a new license and a Pre-Application Document (PAD) for the French Landing project. These documents are available for download below. The filing of the NOI officially initiates the process of relicensing for the French Landing project. 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.
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-9951. The licensee is making available its major document submissions and major FERC orders on this website:
Initial filing on April 29, 2022:
Transmittal Letter, Notice of Intent and Request to use ILP (15 pages; 322 KB)
Pre-Application Document Volume I (483 pages; 22.1 MB)
Contact and Communications
Questions about the French Landing relicensing process may be directed to Melissa Sonnleitner at .
The licensee will continue to post public information regarding the relicensing of the Worumbo facility as the process continues.