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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NOTICE: Comment period for Initial Study Report meeting summary and requests for study modifications/new studies open through December 23, 2020.

Southern California Edison filed the Initial Study Report (ISR) Meeting Summary for the relicensing of the Bishop Creek Hydroelectric Project (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 1394). The summary is posted below , or can be viewed on FERC’s e-library at: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/filelist?accession_num=20201123-5170. The summary is intended to document the presentation topics and questions and comments made at the ISR Meeting held virtually on November 10, 2020, as well as the action items that came out of that meeting. Pursuant to 18 CFR 5.15(c)(3), if there is any disagreement with this meeting summary, and /or any proposed modifications to ongoing studies or new studies, any stakeholder may provide comments to FERC within 30-days of the filing, which will fall on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. For the criteria for study modification/new study requests, see 18 CFR 5.15(d) and 18 CFR 5.15(e). Individuals can submit comments to FERC via eComment; agencies will need a full eRegistration account to submit comments..

Recreation Survey

As part of the relicensing process, SCE is working with the USFS to gather information about recreation opportunities related to the Bishop Creek Hydroelectric Project, specifically at Lake Sabrina, South Lake, and Intake No. 2 Reservoir. The information you provide at the link below will be anonymous and help guide current and future management of recreation opportunities, sites, and facilities for visitors to the Bishop Creek Reservoirs. Please use this link to access the survey.

Relicensing Documents

Pre-Application Document

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.

Study Plan Determination

  • 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).

Initial Study Report

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.

Progress Reports

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.

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