The Great Falls facility operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The City of Paterson, NJ and Great Falls Hydroelectric Company (a subsidiary of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy) are the co-licensees for the facility. The facility's current license was issued in 1981 and expires in 2021. On February 26, 2016, the co-licensees submitted documentation to the FERC to initiate the process of re-licensing the Great Falls facility.
The licensees are 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 at the beginning of the second stage, which is the provision of a draft license application to stakeholders and a stakeholder comment period.
Draft License Application
On November 8, 2018, the licensees sent a letter to stakeholders informing them that the Draft License Application (DLA) is available on this website for review. Comments on the DLA are due back to the licensees by February 6, 2019. Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the letter sent to stakeholders, which is also available in the DLA file linked below.
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-2814.
The licensees are making available major document submissions major FERC orders, and other relevant documents on this website.
Initial Submission on February 26, 2016:
- A request to use the Traditional Licensing Process (4 pages; 2.3 MB)
- A transmittal letter for the NOI and PAD listed below (2 pages; 1.0 MB)
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to file for re-licensing (18 pages; 9.8 MB)
- A Pre-Application Document (PAD), Volume I (277 pages; 76.6 MB)
FERC Issuance on June 10, 2016:
- Authorization to use the Traditional Licensing Process (4 pages; 12 kB)
- Notice of Intent, of Filing of Pre-Application Document, and of Approval of TLP (4 pages; 11 kB)
Materials Distributed by Licensee at Joint Agency Stakeholder Meeting, August 3, 2016:
- Stakeholder Meeting Presentation (35 pages; 5.7 MB)
Draft License Application identified in letter dated November 8, 2018:
- Draft License Application (242 pages; 30.0 MB)
These documents are available on this site via the links above.
Great Falls Hydroelectric Company 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 Great Falls Hydroelectric Company, care of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, to request a hard copy of any document.
Contact and Communications
The co-licensees will continue to post public information regarding the relicensing of the Great Falls facility as the process continues.
The co-licensees will accept public comments during this process through this website. Please use the link below to submit comments to us.