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FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Multi-Stakeholder ILP Effectiveness Technical Conference Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:00 a.m. (EDT) – 3:00 p.m.

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1 FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Multi-Stakeholder ILP Effectiveness Technical Conference Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:00 a.m. (EDT) – 3:00 p.m.

2 Objectives Objectives Share feedback from ILP Effectiveness Evaluation Share feedback from ILP Effectiveness Evaluation 62 Telephone Interviews (Applicants, Agencies, Tribes, and NGOs)62 Telephone Interviews (Applicants, Agencies, Tribes, and NGOs) By-Sector TeleconferencesBy-Sector Teleconferences Regional WorkshopsRegional Workshops Hear from pioneers on what is working and what future ILPs might consider doing Hear from pioneers on what is working and what future ILPs might consider doing

3 Agenda 11:00 Welcome, Introductions, Objectives, Agenda, and Ground Rules 11:10 PAD and Process Plan Stakeholder Comments Received So FarStakeholder Comments Received So Far Panel Discussion and Audience FeedbackPanel Discussion and Audience Feedback 12:10 Scoping Stakeholder Comments Received So FarStakeholder Comments Received So Far Panel Discussion and Audience FeedbackPanel Discussion and Audience Feedback 12:30 Lunch Break

4 Agenda 1:00 Study Plan Development Process Stakeholder Comments Received So FarStakeholder Comments Received So Far Panel Discussion and Audience FeedbackPanel Discussion and Audience Feedback 2:15 ILP Overview Stakeholder Comments Received So FarStakeholder Comments Received So Far Panel Discussion and Audience FeedbackPanel Discussion and Audience Feedback 2:45 Wrap-up 3:00 Adjourn

5 Ground Rules Please state your name and affiliation before speaking Please state your name and affiliation before speaking Wait for a microphone before speaking Wait for a microphone before speaking Programmatic-level discussions- avoid project-specific merits Programmatic-level discussions- avoid project-specific merits De-personalize discussion of issues De-personalize discussion of issues Forward looking; focus on solutions Forward looking; focus on solutions Please turn off cell phones Please turn off cell phones

6 PRE-APPLICATION DOCUMENT AND PROCESS PLAN Effectiveness Evaluation Stakeholder Comments Received So Far

7 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan General Invite FERC to participate in any pre- NOI/PAD activities (trainings, workshops) Invite FERC to participate in any pre- NOI/PAD activities (trainings, workshops) Early preparation and communication are key to the success of the ILP Early preparation and communication are key to the success of the ILP Cast a wide net for stakeholders and information (dont assume all are involved) Cast a wide net for stakeholders and information (dont assume all are involved)

8 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan PAD Preparation An organized, well-developed, and user-friendly PAD is crucial to get the process off to the right start An organized, well-developed, and user-friendly PAD is crucial to get the process off to the right start Time needed to develop the PAD depends on a number of variables Time needed to develop the PAD depends on a number of variables

9 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan PAD Preparation A PAD questionnaire is a useful tool to: A PAD questionnaire is a useful tool to: Engage stakeholdersEngage stakeholders Ask for informationAsk for information Identify potential issues and studiesIdentify potential issues and studies Consider including in the PAD questionnaire a list of data/information already compiled in the PADConsider including in the PAD questionnaire a list of data/information already compiled in the PAD

10 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan PAD Preparation Emphasize the inclusion of all existing, relevant, and reasonably available information in the PAD Emphasize the inclusion of all existing, relevant, and reasonably available information in the PAD In some cases, stakeholders have suggested a few studies may be appropriate prior to the PADIn some cases, stakeholders have suggested a few studies may be appropriate prior to the PAD Consider structuring the PAD like an EA document Consider structuring the PAD like an EA document

11 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan PAD Preparation The more detail in the PAD, the greater its utility and the more efficient the study plan discussions should be The more detail in the PAD, the greater its utility and the more efficient the study plan discussions should be The process plan is most helpful when: The process plan is most helpful when: it is developed with buy-in by all participantsit is developed with buy-in by all participants it integrates other regulatory processes (401; ESA)it integrates other regulatory processes (401; ESA)

12 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan Communications A positive, energetic, open attitude by all participants is key to a more efficient, quality process A positive, energetic, open attitude by all participants is key to a more efficient, quality process Establishing relationships before filing the PAD can be helpful Establishing relationships before filing the PAD can be helpful

13 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan Communications Pre-NOI outreach meetings can help get the process off to the right start Pre-NOI outreach meetings can help get the process off to the right start A project website is a helpful way to access information for all involved A project website is a helpful way to access information for all involved

14 Stakeholder Comments PAD and Process Plan Communications Clearly establishing a Distribution Protocol up front is very helpful Clearly establishing a Distribution Protocol up front is very helpful Follow up after sending emails with important attachmentsFollow up after sending emails with important attachments Some recommend a Communications Protocol in addition to the Distribution Protocol Some recommend a Communications Protocol in addition to the Distribution Protocol

15 Panel Discussion and Q/A PAD and Process Plan Panelists Lauri Vigue (via telephone) Lauri Vigue (via telephone) Washington Department of Fish & WildlifeWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife Packwood ProjectPackwood Project Liz Hatzenbuehler (via telephone) Liz Hatzenbuehler (via telephone) The Nature ConservancyThe Nature Conservancy Tacoma Ames ProjectTacoma Ames Project Bea Nelson (via telephone) Bea Nelson (via telephone) Alnobak Heritage Preservation CenterAlnobak Heritage Preservation Center Canaan ProjectCanaan Project Frank Simms Frank Simms American Electric PowerAmerican Electric Power Smith Mountain ProjectSmith Mountain Project

16 SCOPING Effectiveness Evaluation Stakeholder Comments Received So Far

17 Scoping Help stakeholders understand the purpose of FERC scoping meeting Help stakeholders understand the purpose of FERC scoping meeting Interactive scoping meetings facilitate thorough issue identificationInteractive scoping meetings facilitate thorough issue identification Stick to the purposes of the scoping meeting Stick to the purposes of the scoping meeting Identify the new issues, seek clarification on existing issues, and eliminate unimportant onesIdentify the new issues, seek clarification on existing issues, and eliminate unimportant ones Discuss existing conditions and information (other information available?)Discuss existing conditions and information (other information available?) Explore additional information needsExplore additional information needs Discuss process planDiscuss process plan

18 Scoping Become familiar with the project and the PAD prior to the scoping meeting Become familiar with the project and the PAD prior to the scoping meeting Be prepared to discuss new issues or eliminate or refine issues Be prepared to discuss new issues or eliminate or refine issues Dont rehash issues adequately addressed in the PADDont rehash issues adequately addressed in the PAD

19 Scoping Multiple locations and times increase public involvement Multiple locations and times increase public involvement Participant preparation enhances meeting success Participant preparation enhances meeting success

20 Panel Discussion and Q/A Scoping Panelists Chris Levine (via telephone) Chris Levine (via telephone) Montana DEQMontana DEQ Mystic Lake ProjectMystic Lake Project Robbin Marks Robbin Marks American RiversAmerican Rivers Smith Mountain ProjectSmith Mountain Project George Martin George Martin Georgia PowerGeorgia Power Morgan Falls ProjectMorgan Falls Project Jeff Gildehaus (via telephone) Jeff Gildehaus (via telephone) US Forest ServiceUS Forest Service Mystic Lake ProjectMystic Lake Project

21 STUDY REQUESTS AND STUDY PLAN DEVELOPMENT Effectiveness Evaluation Stakeholder Comments Received So Far

22 Stakeholder Comments Study Plan Development Process Many stakeholders want the applicant to include as much study detail as possible in the PAD Many stakeholders want the applicant to include as much study detail as possible in the PAD Use the study criteria to explain why the information is needed; the criteria are helpful and should be used constructively Use the study criteria to explain why the information is needed; the criteria are helpful and should be used constructively

23 Stakeholder Comments Study Plan Development Process Stakeholders might consider working together during the study request phase Stakeholders might consider working together during the study request phase Combine expertise and resourcesCombine expertise and resources Consider posting revisions of study plans on the project website for faster and more efficient stakeholder review Consider posting revisions of study plans on the project website for faster and more efficient stakeholder review

24 Stakeholder Comments Study Plan Development Process A study plan template in the PAD can be helpful to stakeholders in drafting their requests A study plan template in the PAD can be helpful to stakeholders in drafting their requests Informal study plan workshops before the release of the Proposed Study Plan (PSP) can be helpful Informal study plan workshops before the release of the Proposed Study Plan (PSP) can be helpful

25 Panel Discussion and Q/A Study Plan Development Process Panelists Jim Canaday (via telephone) Jim Canaday (via telephone) CA State Water Resources Control BoardCA State Water Resources Control Board DeSabla-Centerville ProjectDeSabla-Centerville Project Jon Jourdonnais Jon Jourdonnais PPL MontanaPPL Montana Mystic Lake ProjectMystic Lake Project Elizabeth Nicholas Elizabeth Nicholas Upper Chattahoochee RiverkeeperUpper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Morgan Falls ProjectMorgan Falls Project Kathy Turner (via telephone) Kathy Turner (via telephone) US Forest ServiceUS Forest Service DeSabla-Centerville ProjectDeSabla-Centerville Project

26 ILP OVERVIEW Effectiveness Evaluation Stakeholder Comments Received So Far

27 Stakeholder Comments ILP Overview FERC involvement early (pre-NOI/PAD) and throughout the process is very helpful FERC involvement early (pre-NOI/PAD) and throughout the process is very helpful Applicant is in best spot to help everyone be ready for when the train leaves the station Applicant is in best spot to help everyone be ready for when the train leaves the station be inclusive and helpful andbe inclusive and helpful and try to get everyone involved early in the processtry to get everyone involved early in the process ILP is a front-loaded process; planning ahead and preparing for active participation are essential ILP is a front-loaded process; planning ahead and preparing for active participation are essential

28 Stakeholder Comments ILP Overview Utilize resources on FERCs web page (www.ferc.gov); E-subscribe and E- file Utilize resources on FERCs web page (www.ferc.gov); E-subscribe and E- filewww.ferc.gov The ILP timeframes and deadlines- while demanding- are valued by all The ILP timeframes and deadlines- while demanding- are valued by all

29 Stakeholder Comments ILP Overview Training on the ILP is invaluable in getting everyone prepared from the start; consider an ILP training meeting early on (pre-PAD/NOI) Training on the ILP is invaluable in getting everyone prepared from the start; consider an ILP training meeting early on (pre-PAD/NOI) An applicants attitude and willingness to collaborate and engage participants up-front could make for a smoother process down the road An applicants attitude and willingness to collaborate and engage participants up-front could make for a smoother process down the road

30 Panel Discussion and Q/A ILP Overview Panelists Jeff Duncan Jeff Duncan National Park ServiceNational Park Service Morgan Falls ProjectMorgan Falls Project Jim Kearns Jim Kearns Public Service Company of New HampshirePublic Service Company of New Hampshire Canaan ProjectCanaan Project David Moller (via telephone) David Moller (via telephone) Pacific, Gas, and ElectricPacific, Gas, and Electric DeSabla Centerville ProjectDeSabla Centerville Project John Seebach John Seebach Hydro Reform CoalitionHydro Reform Coalition

31 Licensing Process Comparison TLP ALP ILP NOI ORDER Application Filed PAD PROCESS PLAN/ SCOPING EA/EIS CONSULT/ STUDIES PDEA SCOPING CONSULT/ STUDIES ADD. STUDIES CONSULTATION/ STUDIES

32 Whats Next Best Practices Best Practices guidance document guidance document Fall 2005


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