Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project

FERC NO. 4881


Relicensing 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.  To view documents, visit the FERC e-library website and enter P-4881 in the Docket Number field.

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.

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.

Final License Application Filed.

The final license application for the Project was filed with FERC November 30, 2021.   The applicant proposes little to no change in Project operations.  Please contact BREN if you have questions.


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.


Final Application 11/30/2021

BREN request for Additional Studies 1/31/2022

FLA Deficiency Letter 4/22/2022

Response to deficiencies 6/21/2022

Park Service Request for Additional Studies

Response to Requests for Additional Studies


Hydropower 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.