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Spokane River Project License

Avista's Spokane River Project was first licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1972. The FERC refers to the hydroelectric developments subject to a single license as a "Project" and gives each Project a unique number. The Spokane River Project, FERC No. 2545, consists of five hydroelectric developments, one in Idaho, the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, and four in Washington, the Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile, and Long Lake Hydroelectric Developments. The FERC license tells us how we can operate the developments and what protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures we must undertake to address the Project's environmental impacts.

The Federal Power Act (FPA) of 1920 gave FERC exclusive authority to license all nonfederal hydroelectric projects that are located on navigable waterways or federal lands within the United States. New licenses are normally issued for a period of 30 to 50 years.

On June 18, 2009 the FERC issued Avista a 50-year License for its 137 megawatt Spokane River Hydroelectric Project.  Avista’s Environmental Affairs Department, more specifically its Spokane River License Team, works closely with its Generation and Production, and Power Supply departments as it fulfills environmental and operational obligations identified in the License and numerous Settlement Agreements. Combined we address issues related to the Coeur d’Alene Lake level, Spokane River flows, fisheries, bald eagles, recreation, water quality monitoring, erosion control, wetlands, cultural resources, sediments, aesthetic flows, and aquatic weeds control. 

Spokane River License Application
Post Falls License Application
June 2009 Spokane River Project License

For more information about Avista's Spokane River Project License, please contact:

Elvin "Speed" Fitzhugh
Spokane River License Manager
Avista Utilities
1411 E. Mission Ave., MSC-1
Spokane, WA  99220-3727
Office: (509) 495-4998

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