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

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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 (KR1) Hydroelectric 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 KR1 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 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 KR1 Project. Follow the online instructions and subscribe to docket number P-1930.

Relicensing Overview

SCE’s operating license for the KR1 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). 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., May 31, 2023).

The PAD identifies for FERC and other entities existing, relevant, and reasonably available information pertaining to the Project to help identify issues and related information needs, develop study requests and study plans, and provide the basis for analyzing potential Project impacts. To obtain information for the PAD, a license applicant uses information in its possession and relevant information obtained from others.

On July 21, 2022, SCE distributed a questionnaire to resource agencies, Native American Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and members of the public soliciting information on existing resources in the vicinity of the Project. If you have information, please return your completed questionnaire via one of the following methods:

Email: Send a pdf of the completed questionnaire to Julie Smith at julie.smith@cardno.com.

Online: Complete the online questionnaire form provided here.

U.S. Mail: Send a hardcopy of the completed questionnaire via U.S. mail to: Cardno, Attn: Julie Smith, 2890 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95833.

To ensure relevant information you have is available for developing the PAD, please fill out and return the enclosed Questionnaire on or before August 21, 2022. Your timely response allows for follow-up by SCE or SCE’s representative that may be needed.

General Project Information

The KR1 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 KR1 Project can be found on FERC’s eLibrary. Links to relevant documents can also be accessed below.

None at this time.
 

Upcoming Meetings
 

There are no upcoming meetings at this time.
 

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 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
David Moore SCE Licensing Manager/Project Lead 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 David.Moore@sce.com 626-302-9494
Cornelio "Leo" Artienda SCE Hydro Licensing/Dam & Public Safety 1515 Walnut Grove Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 cornelio.artienda@sce.com 626-302-0328
Dan Keverline SCE Senior Manager-Operations and Maintenance Kern 3 Hydro Powerhouse Kernville, CA 93238 keverlds@sce.com 760-376-3813
Quinn Emmering FERC Assigned Staff   quinn.emmering@ferc.gov 202-502-6382