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Collaboration During Parr Hydro Relicensing Process Results in Environmental Enhancements

Cayce, S.C. (July 10, 2018) – Several environmental initiatives are the result of SCE&G’s collaboration with approximately 10 government agencies, environmental organizations and interested individuals during the multi-year relicensing process for the company’s Parr Hydroelectric facility. After nearly six years of working together, the parties recently signed the Parr Relicensing Settlement Agreement. This is an important step toward receiving a new license for continued operations.     

“We value the input we received from various stakeholders who helped conduct numerous detailed studies on our path toward relicensing Parr Hydro,” said Jim Landreth, vice president of Fossil and Hydro Operations for SCE&G. “As a result, SCE&G will implement programs designed to balance environmental impacts and hydroelectric operations through an adaptive management process.”  

The 15 environmental initiatives include recreation improvements, fish habitat enhancements, shoreline management plans, and mussel and eel studies. American Rivers–Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas, American Whitewater, Congaree Riverkeeper, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) were among the stakeholders who worked on these efforts and signed the settlement agreement.

“We appreciate SCE&G staff working with SCDNR and other stakeholders to develop a new license proposal that will address important river-flow issues, enhance fish and wildlife habitats, and improve recreation opportunities for the public,” said Bill Marshall, program coordinator for rivers and hydro projects review with SCDNR.

Gerrit Jöbsis, senior director of American Rivers–Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas, also expressed appreciation for being part of the process. “We compliment SCE&G, state and federal agencies, and fellow conservation organizations for the collaborative approach used to resolve differences and reach an agreement that will greatly benefit rivers of the Midlands for decades to come.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates SCE&G’s hydroelectric projects. SCE&G submitted its relicensing application, along with the signed settlement agreement, to FERC June 28. It is anticipated that in the next two years FERC will review the company’s application, develop an environmental assessment, hold a public meeting and approve the new license.

For more information about SCE&G’s hydroelectric facilities, visit sceg.com/about-us/power-generation/hydroelectric.   

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 723,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 371,000 customers throughout the state.