Hydro Relicensing

Rules & Regulations

Alabama Power operates 14 hydroelectric faculties and 11 reservoirs on the Coosa, Tallapoosa and Warrior river systems that can produce more than 1,600 megawatts and average around 6 percent of the company’s annual electric generation. These projects are operated under licenses issues by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Alabama Power’s operating licenses for its projects are issued for a period ranging from 30-50 years and must be renewed for the company to continue operating its existing hydroelectric developments. As part of the relicensing process, Alabama Power hosts a number of public meetings with stakeholders – ranging from citizen groups, Indian tribes and non-governmental organizations to local, state and federal agencies – to address the multiple uses of these hydro projects – power generation, natural resources, recreation and aesthetics.

Learn more about FERC and hydro licensing at www.ferc.gov.