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Appalachian Power Company is seeking a new license to operate the Claytor Hydroelectric Project. Appalachian has an existing license to operate the Claytor Hydroelectric Project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC.) FERC is responsible for issuing licenses for constructing, operating and maintaining non-federal hydroelectric power plants. The new license must take into consideration the environmental as well as economic aspects of continued operation of the project. The conditions of the license identify the responsibilities of the Licensee that will assure the best comprehensive use of the waterway where the project is located.

The Claytor Project was first licensed in 1943. In 1981, the FERC relicensed Claytor for an additional thirty-year period, with this current license set to expire on June 30, 2011. On January 6, 2006, Appalachian Power filed its Notice of Intent with the FERC to relicense the Claytor Project.

The FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) will be utilized for relicensing the Claytor Project. The ILP provides for increased public participation in pre-filing consultation, early involvement of the FERC staff in the process, establishment of a process plan and deadlines for all participants and greater coordination among the FERC and federal and state agencies.

More information on the ILP:

Your involvement is important in the relicensing process. Throughout the process there will be opportunities for the public to comment on the various documents related to the relicensing. There will also be opportunities to attend public meetings where you can provide input directly to the FERC. Appalachian plans to work closely with all stakeholders during the relicensing process.