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Hydro Licensing

Rush Creek Project Relicensing (FERC P-1389)

Southern California Edison (SCE) is beginning the relicensing process for the Rush Creek Hydroelectric Project. Please use this page to find out how to get involved and stay up to date.

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 Rush Creek Project. Follow the online instructions and subscribe to docket number P-1389.

Relicensing Overview

SCE’s operating license for the Rush Creek Project (Project), FERC Project No. 1389, expires January 31, 2027. 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). The ILP requires that SCE prepare a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) to be filed with FERC between five and five and one half years before the expiration of the existing license (i.e., January 31, 2022).

Existing Project Description

The Rush Creek Project is located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Mono County, California. The Project is situated approximately four miles southwest of the unincorporated community of June Lake. The majority of the Project occupies federal lands within the Inyo National Forest which is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service (portions of the Project are located within the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area). The Project was constructed between 1915 and 1918, and later modified in 1924 and 1925, prior to the formation of the Wilderness.

The 13.01-megawatt Project includes three dams and associated reservoirs – Agnew Dam (Agnew Lake), Gem Dam (Gem Lake), and Rush Meadows Dam (Waugh Lake); a water conveyance system; the Rush Creek Powerhouse; and ancillary facilities. The three Project reservoirs historically provided storage for lake recreation during the summer and allowed for electricity generation at the Rush Creek Powerhouse in the fall/winter. Water exiting the powerhouse enters a short tailrace and is returned to Rush Creek upstream of Silver Lake.

Recently, SCE conducted fault studies, structural testing, and engineering analyses of Agnew, Gem, and Rush Meadows dams as a consequence of the Silver Lake Fault being identified as a potential safety concern in 2007. As a result of the analyses and subsequent consultation with FERC and DSOD, SCE implemented storage restrictions at the three reservoirs beginning in 2012, as well as structural modifications at Agnew and Rush Meadows dams in 2017 and 2018 and Gem Dam in 2020 and 2021.

Informational Materials

Below are links to Project-related materials, notifications, and documentation (provided as PDFs). Documents related to the Rush 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.

Upcoming Meetings

SCE will convene two public webinars (Microsoft Teams Meetings) on October 19, 2021 to discuss the upcoming relicensing process. The two webinars will have identical agendas (see below), but are provided during both the day and night to provide greater opportunity for participation by federal and state resource agencies, local governments, Native American Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and other interested parties.

The purpose of these webinars is to acquaint interested parties with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Integrated Licensing Process, including key milestones and opportunities for stakeholder participation. SCE will also provide an overview of the existing Project; the proposed Project under consideration in the relicensing proceeding; and the Pre-Application Document that SCE intends to file with FERC, no later than January 31, 2022.

Specific webinar details are as follows:

Agenda

  • FERC Relicensing Process Overview
  • Existing Project Description
  • Proposed Project Alternatives
  • Participation Opportunities
Date October 19, 2021
Time (afternoon) 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Webinar Link Click here to join the meeting
Dial-in (audio only) Call-in Number: 323-433-2365
Conference ID: 200 338 394#

 

Date October 19, 2021
Time (evening) 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Webinar Link Click here to join the meeting
Dial-in (audio only) Call-in Number: 323-433-2365
Conference ID: 543 915 545#

 

Relicensing Kick-off Meeting Announcement

Technical Working Groups

FERC has a well-defined process for development of technical study plans. SCE will be including draft technical study plans in the Pre-Application Document (PAD). Following submittal of the PAD, SCE will convene a series of Technical Working Groups (TWG) with stakeholders to discuss the draft technical study plans. Please click the link below to sign-up to receive information on upcoming TWG meetings (dates to be determined).

Technical Working Group Sign-up Form

Reference Documents & Information

Contact Us

Name Company Project Role Address Email Phone
Wayne Allen SCE Principal Manager 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 wayne.allen@sce.com 626-302-9741
Martin Ostendorf SCE Senior Manager PO Box 100 54170 Mtn Spruce Road, P.O. Box 100 Big Creek, CA 93605 martin.ostendorf@sce.com 559-893-2033
Matthew Woodhall SCE Project Lead 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 matthew.woodhall@sce.com 626-302-9596
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
Kelly Wolcott FERC FERC D.C.   kelly.wolcott@ferc.gov 202-502-6480