​Successful licensing of a hydroelectric project requires a team experienced in negotiating the complex and lengthy regulatory licensing and relicensing processes.  Cardno has been actively engaged in hydroelectric project licensing work for more than 25 years.

A single hydroelectric or hydrokinetic project affects a countless number of cultural and natural resources and involves numerous stakeholders. For a project to be successful from conception to completion, clients need thorough project development and seamless navigation of complex licensing and compliance. Cardno’s multi-disciplinary teams of professionals provide integrated project development services to help prevent or mitigate fatal flaws and provide value throughout the lifetime of projects. Some of our pre-development services include:

  • Economic feasibility assessments
  • Siting studies, analysis and recommendations
  • Permit analysis and preliminary permit processing.

Cardno helps to coordinate the many local, state and federal regulatory agencies and other stakeholders involved with the process, including the primary regulatory agency in the United States, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Our in-depth experience with FERC licensing and compliance translates into:

  • Comprehensive gathering of the right baseline data
  • Increased knowledge of agency requirements
  • Extended public outreach
  • Technically defensible documents.

We offer strategic services and facilitate working relationships between stakeholders to minimize uncertainty and keep projects moving forward. Our experts address both resource issues and project needs, while helping identify appropriate options for mitigating environmental impacts—all with the overall goal of developing project alternatives acceptable to proponents and regulatory authorities. ​

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