Kern River No. 1 Project Relicensing (FERC No. 1930)


Kern River No. 1 Powerhouse and tailrace, returning water to the Kern River.

Southern California Edison (SCE) has begun the relicensing process for the Kern River No. 1 Hydroelectric Project (Project) (P-1930). Please use this page to find out how to get involved and stay up to date.

Below are links to Project-related materials, notifications, and documentation (provided as PDFs). All documents related to the Project can also be found on FERC’s eLibrary. This page will be updated throughout the relicensing process as new materials become available or are updated.

Stay Informed

If you are interested in participating in the relicensing proceeding, please complete the Contact Registration Form. This will ensure you are included on the distribution list and will receive future relicensing proceeding communications and meeting notifications.

Register online here  to be notified via e-mail of new FERC filings and issuances related to the Project. Follow the online instructions and subscribe to docket number P-1930.

Relicensing Overview

SCE’s operating license for the Project, FERC Project No. 1930, expires on May 31, 2028. Consequently, SCE is taking the initial steps required by the Federal Power Act and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to obtain a new license for the Project using the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) (see SCE's Relicensing Notice here). The ILP requires that SCE prepare a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) to be filed with FERC between 5 and 5 1/2 years before the expiration of the existing license (i.e., May 31, 2023).

General Project Information

The Project is located on the Kern River approximately 15 miles east of the City of Bakersfield in Kern County, California. The Project is operated in a run-of-river mode. Water from the Kern River is diverted at Democrat Dam into a 9-mile-long flowline to the Project powerhouse which has a dependable generating capacity of 24.8 megawatts (MW). All Project facilities are located on National Forest Service lands within the Sequoia National Forest.

Relicensing Documents

All documents related to the Kern River No. 1 Hydroelectric Project can be found on FERC’s eLibrary. Links to relevant documents can also be accessed below.

SCE’s Pre-Application Documents

Table of Contents

Cover Letter and Notice of Intent

Section 1.0 Introduction

Section 2.0 Existing Project Location, Facilities, and Operations

Section 3.0-3.8 Existing Resource Information

Section 3.9-3.15 Existing Resource Information

Section 4.0 Preliminary Issues, Draft Technical Study Plans, and Relevant Plans

Section 5.0 Summary of Contacts

Appendix A. Relicensing Process Plan

Appendix B. Summary of Contacts

Appendix C. Draft Technical Study Plans

Upcoming Meetings

Kern River No. 1 Hydroelectric Project Relicensing FERC Project No. 1930 – Notice of Rescheduled Stakeholder Meeting

Past Meeting Materials

None at this time.

Reference Documents

FERC Relicensing Process

Study Plan Development and Participation

Project Literature Library

Contact Us

Name Company Project Role Address Email Phone
Wayne Allen SCE Principal Manager 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 626-302-9741
Martin Ostendorf SCE Senior Manager PO Box 100 54170 Mtn Spruce Road, P.O. Box 100 Big Creek, CA 93605 559-893-2033
David Moore SCE Licensing Manager/Project Lead 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 626-302-9494
Dan Keverline SCE Senior Manager-Operations and Maintenance Kern 3 Hydro Powerhouse Kernville, CA 93238 760-376-3813
Jess Fefer FERC Assigned Staff 202-502-6631