Hydropower is derived from the energy of falling water and running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes. Since ancient times, hydropower has been used for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as watermills, sawmills and textile mills.
Hydropower projects stakeholders include utility company planners, river managers and planners, river conservation and recreation advocates, and municipal leaders and planners. The process of applying for a license or a license renewal every 30-50 years is complex, reflective of the many impacts and benefits that are evaluated and researched along the way. The lengthy and measured process most often results in license documents that are cumbersome, and often tough to understand or interpret, so RMS has embarked on a project to help stakeholders interested interested in learning about specific licenses and not interested in slogging through 100-200+ pages of text.
Handy Hydropower Summaries
produced in collaboration with the Hydropower Reform Coalition
Hydropower License Resource in Plain English
Welcome to the growing library summarized hydropower license and settlement provisions that are easy for members of the public to understand, and convenient for river professionals to call upon in their management of rivers impacted by hydropower generation.
Summary of the Process
The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the River Management Society team identified hydropower licenses that have been completed during the last decade which illustrate licenses of varying complexity and in a variety of geographic locations. Licenses, documents largely 150-200 pages in length, were distilled to highlight the topics of greatest interest to interested members of the public, acknowledge members of stakeholders who are signatories to settlements, and important plans and provisions affecting public use and access to the river affected by the hydropower facility and its operations.