Project Name: Coosa and Warrior Relicensing Projects
Summary: FERC Licensing and NEPA process facilitation of more than 100 stakeholders
Client: Alabama Power Company
Project Locations: Coosa and Warrior Rivers, AL
Project Size: 1,170 MW
Regulatory Strategic Planning
Stakeholder Identification and Facilitation
Alternatives Identification & Environmental Analysis
Alabama Power Company (Alabama Power) required a consultant to assist with the relicensing of the Coosa and Warrior River Projects. These projects span two river basins (Warrior and Coosa Rivers) in Alabama and include nine hydroelectric developments representing approximately 1,170 MW.
As well as developing the overall relicensing strategy and process structure, Kleinschmidt was the lead facilitator for the Coosa Cooperative Relicensing Team (CCRT), the Warrior Cooperative Relicensing Team (WCRT), and the Coosa River Resource Advisory Teams (RATs). These teams were comprised of many stakeholders with multiple and often competing interests. The size of the teams ranged from 25 to more than 100 stakeholders. In addition to facilitating relicensing team meetings, Kleinschmidt also was lead consultant on development of all NEPA related activities including NEPA scoping, alternatives identification, and effects analyses. This NEPA process included the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) as a mandatory conditioning agency under the Federal Power Act, and also the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as a cooperating agency with FERC. Kleinschmidt provided the negotiation strategies to develop a settlement agreement of enhancement and mitigation measures with the USFS.
Kleinschmidt ensured that the stakeholder meetings were conducted fairly, with opportunity for involvement by all participants. One aspect of the agreement was the return of river flow to a 20-mile stretch of the Coosa River affording habitat restoration and increased recreational potential supporting Alabama Power’s continued partnership with state and federal biologists to improve conditions in the Coosa River and other areas around the state.