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Neal Suess, President/CEO

Neal SuessThe District recently submitted comments on the Final Biological Opinion. The timeframe for when FERC will issue the new long-term license is unknown at this time, but District operations will continue without interruption until a new license is issued.

Welcome

Welcome to Loup Power District's Loup River Hydroelectric Project relicensing website. The existing license for Loup Power District's hydroelectric project expired in April 2014; however, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is still reviewing the District’s application and therefore issued an annual license to continue operating under the terms and conditions of the most recent license.

In this website, you will find information about the relicensing process, overall schedule, materials distributed to the public, and documents that are available for review. The site is intended to help inform and engage stakeholders throughout the multi-year relicensing process.

What's New

USFWS issues Final Biological Opinion

On December 16, 2016, USFWS issued their Final Biological Opinion.  In the Final Biological Opinion, USFWS determined that continued operation of the Project would not jeopardize the continued existence of the threatened or endangered species in the area (pallid sturgeon, whooping crane, interior least tern, piping plover, rufa red knot, and western prairie fringed orchid).  A copy of the Biological Opinion is available for review on this website.

Until a long-term license is issued, the Loup River Hydroelectric Project will continue current operations under 1-year license extensions for as long as necessary until FERC completes their reviews.  The timeframe for when FERC will issue the new long-term license is unknown at this time, but District operations will continue without interruption until a new license is issued.

All of the District’s relicensing documents can be found on this website, including the Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document for the Project, FERC’s Scoping Documents, the Proposed and Revised Study Plan, FERC’s Study Determinations, and completed study reports. Copies of all documents are also available for review at the District’s General Office at 2404 15th Street in Columbus.

    Last updated June 1, 2015 - Copyright