As a requirement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Yuba Water Agency must renew its license that permits the agency to use public waters for energy generation. The license specifically authorizes the conditions for construction, operation and maintenance of the Yuba River Development Project, as well as requirements designed to ensure safety, and to protect and enhance environmental resources and recreation.
In 2016, Yuba Water Agency's original 50-year FERC license expired. The agency officially began the application process for a new license in 2010.
Yuba Water Agency has performed nearly 50 environmental studies, conducted hundreds of public meetings with interested parties, and filed a final license application. FERC has issued Yuba Water Agency an automatically renewing annual license, which allows operation of the project under existing conditions until FERC issues the new license with updated terms and conditions.
Yuba Water Agency enters the Yuba River Hydroelectric Project Relicensing (Relicensing) with the expressed goal of obtaining a new license with minimal adverse impact to project economics, while helping to foster our relationship with the community, resource agencies, and other interested parties. Yuba Water Agency desires to obtain a new license of maximum term for the project at a minimum cost (both initially and ongoing) that allows the project to maximize profits from the production of electrical power while also meeting environmental, recreational, irrigation, and other non-power requirements and needs.
Yuba Water Agency's Yuba River Development Project Relicensing documents are available to the public. These are resources for parties interested in the relicensing of the Yuba River Development Project and FERC Project Number 2246. Temporary documents related to relicensing are also available.