Parr Hydroelectric Project
The Parr Hydroelectric Project consists of the Parr Shoals Development and the Fairfield Pumped Storage Development. South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) required a consultant to assist them with all aspects of relicensing the project and securing a new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license.
Early in the process, Kleinschmidt worked closely with SCE&G to identify a client-preferred relicensing process and develop a relicensing strategy. To aid in Pre-Application Document (PAD) development, we planned and held stakeholder issue identification workshops that served as initial scoping meetings. We met with relicensing stakeholder groups to develop a list of relicensing studies that would be performed during relicensing and were necessary to provide information that was not currently available. We prepared and filed the PAD, Notice of Intent, and the request for using the Traditional Licensing Process that the stakeholders supported and FERC approved. Kleinschmidt developed and maintains a project relicensing website for SCE&G that is used to share information with stakeholders and the public. Study plans were developed with stakeholder consultation and studies were performed in 2015 and 2016 to address project recreational use, fish entrainment, instream flows, reservoir fluctuations, downstream fluctuations, threatened and endangered species, water quality, and project operations. As the studies are now complete, we have developed and submitted the Draft License Application for stakeholder review. We are also in the process of assisting SCE&G in the development of a Settlement Agreement with stakeholders. This involves numerous meetings with stakeholders to developed the appropriate language and proposals to include in a settlement agreement. We will assist SCE&G with the development and filing of the Final License Application package, which will include the 401 Water Quality Certification application and a stakeholder-signed Settlement Agreement, as well as provide SCE&G with post-license application filing support.
Kleinschmidt is assisting SCE&G to strategically and efficiently navigate the relicensing process and evaluating potential project effects, while preserving the operational flexibility and economic value of this regionally significant project.