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.
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.
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.
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
Cover Letter and Notice of Intent
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
Kern River No. 1 Hydroelectric Project Relicensing FERC Project No. 1930 – Notice of Rescheduled Stakeholder Meeting
Past Meeting Materials
None at this time.
FERC Relicensing Process
- Hydropower Licensing – A Guide for the Public
- Integrated Licensing Process (ILP)
- FERC ILP Process Chart
- Ideas for Participating in the ILP Process
Study Plan Development and Participation
Project Literature Library
|Wayne Allen||SCE||Principal Manager||1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA firstname.lastname@example.org||626-302-9741|
|Martin Ostendorf||SCE||Senior Manager||PO Box 100 54170 Mtn Spruce Road, P.O. Box 100 Big Creek, CA email@example.com||559-893-2033|
|David Moore||SCE||Licensing Manager/Project Lead||1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770||David.Moore@sce.com||626-302-9494|
|Dan Keverline||SCE||Senior Manager-Operations and Maintenance||Kern 3 Hydro Powerhouse Kernville, CA firstname.lastname@example.org||760-376-3813|
|Jess Fefer||FERC||Assigned Staff||Jessica.Fefer@ferc.gov||202-502-6631|