On November 30, 2024, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the St. Cloud Dam, owned by the City of St. Cloud, will expire. The City has already begun to plan for relicensing, which will take approximately 5 years.
A FERC license authorizes operation of a hydroelectric plant for 30 to 50 years and contains conditions for plant operations and mitigation of potential environmental impacts. The project’s current license was issued on December 5, 1984. A new license will authorize continued operation of the plant under specified conditions.
During relicensing, FERC will reassess how the dam affects resources such as water supply, habitat, land, endangered species, recreation, and historical and cultural values. In making its assessment, FERC gives equal consideration to power and non-power uses and makes sure that the new license is consistent with a comprehensive plan for use of affected resources.
The City will soon file a proposal or pre-application document with FERC to begin the relicensing process. The proposal will provide important details about the dam, surrounding resources, and how we plan to operate under a new license. For more information on the individual steps required, see the timeline below.
As a government agency, we’re concerned about the impact our decisions have on our community. Relicensing provides you with a unique opportunity to let us know how you feel about environmental and social issues related to the dam. The City will work with you, FERC, and other interested stakeholders to develop a plan for studying the potential effects of a relicensed dam. The results of those studies will be used to create the licensing application.