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FERC Licensing and Relicensing

Our strong regulatory capabilities meet the highest professional standards in providing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing, license amendment, and permitting support, as well as license compliance and implementation assistance under the Federal Power Act. We guide our clients through the entire FERC licensing process for conventional and pumped storage hydroelectric developments. While assisting clients in meeting FERC requirements, we ensure that operational parameters critical to our clients’ projects are protected. We assist clients in implementing FERC’s integrated, traditional, and alternative licensing processes, as well as jurisdictional determinations, exemptions, and license surrenders. In addition to FERC requirements, McMillen Jacobs’ staff understands and provides guidance for ancillary regulatory processes including, but not limited to:

  • Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Consultation in accordance with Sections 7 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permitting under Section 404 of the CWA and under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act

We routinely work with state agencies and are knowledgeable in meeting the following requirements:

  • State Environmental Policy Act compliance
  • In-Water Work Protection plans
  • Construction Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan hydraulic project approvals
  • Water rights and water use permits
  • Rights-of-way and easements
  • Local and County permits

Regulatory and Permitting

Our regulatory and natural resources staff seamlessly manages and executes multi‐disciplinary projects. They bring valuable experience working closely with private, government, and tribal clients in navigating the maze of regulatory and natural resource‐related requirements. Our work includes all aspects of licensing and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance (Biological Assessments, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements). Our environmental expertise covers a wide range of disciplines to meet all planning, permitting, and resource analyses needs.

Engineering & Design Services

McMillen Jacobs offers comprehensive engineering expertise to maximize the full potential of existing or new facilities. Whether the project involves modifications or operational changes we provide the mix of resources from hydraulics to geotechnical underground engineering.   We have prepared plans and specifications for a wide range of facilities, including, habitat restoration, parks, hydropower plants, new flood control, hydraulic structures, earthen and concrete dams, bridges, culverts, spillways, intake and outlet structures, complex fish bypass systems, hatcheries, mechanical features, and more. Specficially for underground, our leading-edge designs consider construction methods ranging from open-beam tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for hard rock tunnels, shielded rock machines, earth pressure balance and slurry machines for soft ground, and New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) techniques. The full range of technical services provided includes;

  • Civil
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation & Controls
  • Hydraulics & Hydrology
  • Geotechnical & Geological
  • Fisheries (Civil and Biologist)
  • Cost Engineerings / Estimators
  • CADD / GIS