As a requirement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Yuba Water Agency must renew its license that permits the agency to use public waters for energy generation. The license specifically authorizes the conditions for construction, operation and maintenance of the Yuba River Development Project, as well as requirements designed to ensure safety, and to protect and enhance environmental resources and recreation.

In 2016, Yuba Water Agency’s original 50-year FERC license expired. The agency officially began the application process for a new license in 2010, and expects FERC to issue a notice at the start of its own environmental analysis of the project in 2017.

Yuba Water Agency has performed nearly 50 environmental studies, conducted hundreds of public meetings with interested parties, and filed a final license application. FERC has issued Yuba Water Agency an automatically renewing annual license, which allows operation of the project under existing conditions until FERC issues the new license with updated terms and conditions.

The agency is seeking to obtain a new license that will enable Yuba Water Agency to fulfill its obligations to the people of Yuba County, while also meeting environmental, recreational, water supply and other non-power requirements and needs. Yuba Water Agency hopes that it will receive a new license without overly adverse impacts to project economics while helping to maintain its positive relationships with the community, resource agencies, Native American communities and other interested parties.

Visit our relicensing website for more information.