Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project

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BREN Files Comments on DLA with GEAS, BVFF and IWA

The Boise River Enhancement Network filed comments on the Draft License Application on October 25, 2021 together with Golden Eagle Audubon Society, Boise Valley Fly Fishers and Idaho Whitewater Association.  The comments focused on invasive plant management at the Project, water quality, and recreation.  Additional studies were requested.  Comments.

Draft License Application Filed; Comments Accepted Until October 27, 2021

The Draft License Application (DLA) for the Project was filed with FERC on July 28, 2021. The applicant proposes little to no change in Project operations. Comments will be accepted until October 27, 2021. The applicant expects to file the Final License Application by November 30, 2021. Please contact BREN if you have questions or would like to volunteer to review the DLA.

New Owners for Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project and Barber Dam

On October 28, 2020 Ada County and Fulcrum, LLC filed to transfer Ada County’s right, title and interest in the Barber Dam Project to Barber Pool Hydro LLC. Subsequent to that filing, Fulcrum, LLC also agreed to transfer its right, title and interest in the project to Barber Pool Hydro LLC. Upon approval, Barber Pool Hydro LLC will be the sole licensee of the Project. The requested transfer is still under consideration by FERC. Barber Pool Hydro LLC is Mark Durcan, Ted Sorenson, and Larry Leasure.

Relicensing Gets Underway for Barber Hydroelectric Project

Fulcrum, LLC, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and Ada County are co-licensees of the Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project. The 40-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the project expires on November 30, 2023. Fulcrum, LLC and Ada County have filed a Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document to relicense the existing 3.7-megawatt Project on November 30, 2018. The formal relicensing process for the Project is now underway. Relicensing website.

The Boise River Enhancement Network supports public and agency engagement in the relicensing process to enhance the ecology of the Boise River. Information and opportunities related to relicensing will be posted on this page.

Barber Dam: The Hydropower Project in Our Backyard

BREN volunteer Mary Lucachick blogs about the relicensing process and the importance of getting involved in this rare opportunity.

Barber Pool: A Completely Different River Experience

Chel, author of the Guide to Canoeing the Boise River, blogs about canoeing through Barber Pool.


Relicensing Study Plan Summary, December 2019

BREN Study Request and PAD Comments

National Park Service Study Request and PAD Comments

Idaho DEQ Study Request and PAD Comments

Idaho Fish and Game Study Request and PAD Comments

Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands Study Request and PAD Comments

Idaho Conservation League Study Request and PAD Comments

Notice of Intent

Pre-Application Document: Part 1 Section 1, Part 1 Section 2, Part 2, Part 3

Draft License Application


Hydropwer Relicensing 101 with Kevin Lewis, Executive Director, Idaho Rivers United and Marie Kellner, Water Policy Director, Idaho Conservation League. This program was held December 13, 2018.

Relicensing Panel Presentation with Bill Bosworth, Idaho Fish and Game, Scott Hauser, Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, Tricia Canady, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office and John Falk, Idaho Department of Water Resources Dam Safety Division. This program was held February 1, 2019.