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The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has three hydropower licenses and two conduit exemptions issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). These give FERC jurisdiction over 85% of the 1,560 MW hydropower capacity of the State Water Project (SWP) and 70% of the 5.6 million acre-foot storage capacity in SWP reservoirs. The hydropower licenses contain terms and conditions related to: public safety and recreation; operational reliability; dam safety; water and energy supply; and environmental and cultural resources.

The Hydropower License Planning and Compliance Office (HLPCO) serves as the centralized focal point for planning, managing, coordinating, leading and supporting DWR’s hydropower license activities. The primary roles of HLPCO are:

  • Oversee compliance with all license conditions for the SWP hydropower facilities under the jurisdiction of FERC and other federal and state agencies;
  • Manage activities and strategies for securing new licenses and renewing/amending existing licenses; and
  • Monitor activities involving other FERC licensed projects for possible effects on the SWP.


No current announcements.