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.
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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)