U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program

General Hydropower Information

See the following links to learn more about hydropower systems.

Introductory Information

In-Depth Information


Legal Issues

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  • Permits and other legal requirements — Even though Indian tribes are not always subject to state regulations, they must comply with federal requirements.

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) publications on hydropower regulations:

    • Citizen's guide to hydropower licensing (PDF 13 KB)

    • Hydroelectric Project Licensing Handbook (PDF 686 KB)

    • Hydroelectric Project Handbook for Filings Other Than Licenses and Exemptions (PDF 100 KB)

    • Report on Hydroelectric Licensing Policies, Procedures, and Regulations: Comprehensive Review and Recommendations... (PDF 593 KB)