Hydro Licensing

Bishop Creek Project Relicensing (FERC P-1394)


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Below are links to project-related materials, notifications, and documentation (provided as PDFs). All documents related to the Bishop Creek 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.

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Final License Application Filed June 29, 2022

SCE has filed the Final License Application (FLA) for the relicensing of the Bishop Creek Hydroelectric Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] Project No. 1394). The filing includes exhibits that describe the project and environmental conditions within the project area. Pursuant to 18 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 5.16(c), this FLA presents SCE's proposal for future operations, and associated environmental measures. The FLA filing is provided on this webpage and also may be accessed on FERC's public website under docket P-1394 at https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/docinfo?accession_number=20220502-5355.

Relicensing Documents


On May 1, 2019, Southern California Edison Company filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) its formal Notice of Intent (NOI) to file an Application for New License for the Bishop Creek Project (FERC Project No. 1394) and a Pre-Application Document (PAD). These documents were e-filed with FERC and are available through FERC’s eLibrary or available for download below. If you have difficulty accessing or downloading files please contact Matt Woodhall at 626-302-9596 or matthew.woodhall@sce.com.


  • SCE request for expedited study plan determination: On September 4, 2019, SCE filed a letter requesting a waiver of sections 5.11 and 5.12 of the FERC’s regulations to expedite the study plan process. The waiver was intended to shorten the study plan determination process by four months to provide more time for SCE and the stakeholders to collaboratively assess project effects and develop proposed license conditions during the pre-filing period. On October 3, 2019, FERC staff granted the waiver request and established a deadline of October 18, 2019, for stakeholders to file comments on the RSP. No comments on the revised study plan were filed.
  • FERC Study Plan Determination: On November 4, 2019, SCE’s Revised Study Plan was approved, with one FERC staff-recommended modification (discussed in Appendix B).

The Initial Study Report (ISR) marks the 1-year anniversary of FERC’s study plan determination as required by 18 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 5.15(c). The ISR (1) describes overall progress in implementing the approved Study Plan, (2) provides an update on the schedule for implementing the studies, and (3) describes the data collected thus far. The ISR is not intended to analyze results for purposes of determining Project effects, nor does it discuss potential protection, mitigation, and enhancement (PME) measures. The ISR and associated meeting are intended to provide an opportunity to review progress in implementing the approved study plans and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to suggest modification or additional areas of inquiry that are needed to have an informed discussion of Project effects.

Pursuant to 18 CFR § 5.18, SCE filed the DLA with FERC on January 27, 2022. The DLA discusses SCE’s proposal for continued maintenance and operation of the Project.

  • DLA Cover Letter
  • Volume 1:
    • Initial Statement, Exhibit A, B, C, D, F, G, H
    • Exhibit E
      • Note: Exhibit E includes the results of studies undertaken in support of the relicensing. Discussion in Exhibit E considers how the information and data collected during the studies addresses issues raised by agencies and other interested parties, and how the information collected informs SCE’s proposed Project operations. As appropriate, Exhibit E includes SCE’s preliminary proposals for protection, mitigation, and enhancement (PME) measures to address Project effects (ongoing and proposed) on environmental and social resources. SCE intends to continue discussing PME measures with stakeholders after the filing of the DLA and will include final measures, including any proposed management plan as part of the Final License Application (FLA).
  • Volume 2: Exhibit E Appendices
  • Volume 3: Technical Reports

Pursuant to 18 CFR § 5.18, SCE filed the FLA with FERC on June 29, 2022. The FLA discusses SCE’s proposal for future operations and associated environmental measures to support the continued operation of Bishop Creek's continued maintenance and operation of the Project.

As outlined in the Technical Study Plan, these quarterly reports are distributed to the Technical Working Groups and FERC and are intended to be brief, technical memoranda that will summarize work completed to date, any deviations from previously described methods, and any unforeseen issues that may warrant further stakeholder consultation.

Technical Working Groups Documents


Reference Documents


Contact Us

Name Company Project Role Address Email Phone
General Information       bishopcreek@sce.com 800-257-1048
Wayne Allen SCE Principal Manager 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 wayne.allen@sce.com 626-302-9741
Matthew Woodhall SCE Project Lead 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 matthew.woodhall@sce.com 626-302-9596
Jess Fefer FERC FERC D.C.   jessica.fefer@ferc.gov 202-502-6631
Lyle Laven SCE Production Manager Eastern Operations (Bishop/Mono Basin) Bishop Hydro Offices Plant 4 Bishop CA 93514 lyle.laven@sce.com 760-873-0724