FirstLight will apply for license renewal using the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) as set forth in Part 5 of the Commission's regulations (18 C.F.R. Part. 5). The ILP was developed to integrate the pre-filing consultation with the Commission's scoping pursuant to the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) (42 USC 4321, et seq.). The process is initiated with the filing of the Pre-Application Document (PAD) and Notice of Intent (NOI), which FirstLight submitted to FERC on October 31,2012.

 On December 21, 2012 FERC issued Scoping Document 1 and letter providing a modification to the integrated licensing process schedule.

The following is the approved Process Plan and Schedule for the ILP for the Connecticut River Projects.

​PROCESS PLAN AND SCHEDULE FOR THE ILP RELICENSING OF WILDER, BELLOWS FALLS, VERNON, NORTHFIELD MOUNTAIN AND TURNERS FALLS PROJECTS

(if due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is the following business day)

  
  
Activity
Timeframe
Deadline
Status
§ 5.5(a)TransCanada/ FirstLight
Filing of NOI
10/31/2012

FirstLight files its Notice of Intent (NOI) with FERC on October 30, 2012

§ 5.6(a)TransCanada/ FirstLight

Filing PAD

10/31/2012
FirstLight files Pre-Application Document (PAD) with FERC on October 30, 2012​
§ 5.7FERC
Initial Tribal Consultation Meeting
Within 30 Days of filing NOI and PAD
Pending
§5.8FERC

FERC Issues Notice of Commencement of Proceeding and Scoping

Document (SD1) and requests to Initiate Informal Consultation under Section 7 of the ESA Consultation and section 106 of the NHPA

​Within 60 days of filing NOI and PAD

12/21/2012

§5.8 (b)(3) (viii)FERC/ Stakeholders

Public Scoping Meetings

Within 30 days of NOI and PAD notice and issuance of SD1

1/28-1/31/2013

§ 5.9FERC/ Stakeholders

File Comments on PAD, SD1, and Study Requests 

Within 60 days of NOI and PAD notice and issuance of SD1


 

3/1/2013

§5.10FERC
FERC Issues Scoping Document 2 (SD2)

Within 45 days of deadline for filing comments on SDI

4/15/2013

​4/15/2013- FERC Issued Scoping Document 2 (SD2)

§5.11(a)TransCanada/FirstLight
File Proposed Study Plan
Within 30 days of deadline for filing proposed Study Plans


 

4/15/2013

04/15/2013 - FirstLight files Proposed Study Plans
6/28/2013 - FirstLight files Updated Proposed Study Plan
§5.11(e)TransCanada/FirstLight/Stakeholders

Study Plan Meetings

Within 30 days of deadline for filing proposed Study Plans

5/15/2013

§5.12Stakeholders
File Comments on Proposed Study Plan

Within 90 days after proposed study plan is filed

7/15/2013​

§5.13(a)TransCanada/FirstLight

File Revised Study Plan

Within 30 days following the deadline for filing comments on proposed Study Plan​

8/14/2013

§5.13(b)Stakeholders

File Comments on Revised Study Plan​

Within 5 days following Revised Study Plan​ (if necessary)

8/29/2013​

§5.13(c)FERC

FERC Issues Study Plan

Within 30 days following Revised Study Plan

9/13/​2013

§5.14(a)Mandatory Conditioning Agencies

Notice of Formal Study Dispute (if necessary)​

Within 20 days of Study Plan determination​

10/3/2013​

unnecessary if there are no study disputes
§5.14(l)FERC

Study Dispute Determination

Within 70 days of notice of formal study dispute

12/11/2013​

unnecessary if there are no study disputes
§5.15(a)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​Conduct First Season Field Studies

Spring/summer 2014​

§5.15 (b)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​File Study Progress Reports

Spring/summer 2014​

§5.15(c)(1)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​File Initial Study Reports

No later than one year from Study Plan approval​

9/15/2014​

§5.15(c)(2)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​Initial Study Results Meeting

Within 15 days of Initial Study Report​

9/30/2014​

§5.15(c)(3)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​File Study Results Meeting Summary

Within 15 days of Study Results Meeting

10/15/2014​

§5.15(c)(4)Stakeholders/FERC

File Meeting Summary - Disagreements/Modifications to Study/Propose New Studies​

Within 30 days of filing Meeting Summary​

11/14/2014​

§5.15(c)(5)TransCanada/ FirstLight

​File Responses to Disagreements

Within 30 days of disputes​

12/15/2014

§5.15(c)(6)FERC

​Resolution of Disagreements (if necessary)

Within 30 days of filing responses to disputes​

1/22/2015​

unnecessary if there are no study disputes
§5.15TransCanada/FirstLight

Conduct Second Season Field Studies​

Spring/summer 2015​

§5.15 (f)TransCanada/FirstLight

File Updated Study Reports

No later than two years from Study Plan approval​

9/14/2015

§5.15(c)(2)TransCanada/FirstLight

Second Season Study Results Meeting​

Within 15 days of Updated Study Report​

​9/29/2015

§5.15(c)(3)TransCanada/FirstLight

​File Study Results Meeting Summary

Within 15 days of Study Results Meeting​

10/14/2015​

§5.15(c)(4)Stakeholders/FERC

File Meeting Summary Disagreements/Modifications to Study Requests, Requests for New Studies​

Within 30 days of filing Meeting Summary

11/13/2015​

 

 
§5.16(a)FirstLight

​File Draft License Application with the FERC and distribute to Stakeholders

Not later than 150 days before final application is filed

12/2/2015​

§5.15(c)(5)TransCanada/FirstLight/Stakeholders

File Responses to Disagreements (if necessary)​

Within 30 days of disputes​

12/14/2015​

§5.15(c)(6)FERC

Resolution of Disagreements (if necessary)​

Within 30 days of filing responses to disagreements

1/13/2016

§5.15FirstLight
Conduct Spring 2016 Field Studies
Spring 2016
§5.16(e)Stakeholders/ FERC
Comments on Draft License Application, Additional Information Request (if necessary)
Within 90 day of filing Draft License Application
03/01/2016
§5.15(f)FirstLight
File Updated Study Reports
03/01/2016
§5.15(c)(2)FirstLight
Updated Study Results Meeting
Within 15 days of Updated Study Report
03/16/2016
§5.15(c)(3)FirstLight
File Updated Study Results Meeting Summary
Within 15 days of Updated Study Results Meeting
03/31/2016
§5.17(a)FirstLight
Final License Application filed
05/02/2016
§5.15(c)(4)Stakeholders/ FERC
File Updated Study Summary Disagreements/Modification to Study/Propose New Studies
Within 30 days of filing Meeting Summary
05/02/2016

 

 
§5.15(c)(5)FirstLight
File Responses to Disagreements (if any)
Within 30 days of disputes
05/30/2016
§5.15(c)(6)FERC
Resolution of Disagreements (if any)
Within 30 days of filing responses to disputes
06/29/2016
§5.15FirstLight
Conduct Fall 2016 Field Studies
Fall 2016
§5.15(f)FirstLight
File Updated Study Reports
09/15/2016 (tentative)
§5.15(c)(2)FirstLight
Updated Study Results Meeting
Within 15 days of Updated Study Report
09/30/2016 (tentative)
§5.15(c)(3)FirstLight
File Updated Study Results Meeting Summary
Within 15 days of Updated Study Results Meeting
10/17/2016 (tentative)
§5.15(c)(4)Stakeholders/ FERC
File Updated Study Summary Disagreements/Modification to Study/Propose New Studies
Within 30 days of filing Meeting Summary
11/14/2016 (tentative)
§5.15(c)(5)FirstLight
File Responses to Disagreements (if any)
Within 30 days of disputes
12/14/2016 (tentative)
§5.15(c)(6)FERC
Resolution of Disagreements (if any)
Within 30 days of filing responses to disputes
01/13/2017 (tentative)

Expiration of Current License

4/30/2018

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