John H. Clements

Of Counsel

202.298.1933

jhc@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Advising FirstLight Hydro Generating Company on compliance with relicensing and land and water use requirements, including license amendments and non-project uses of project lands, for several FERC-licensed projects in New England.
  • Advising the proposed license transferee on FERC regulatory and federal court litigation strategy in a hotly contested license transfer application for major hydroelectric project in the Southeast.
  • Successfully representing the appellant in an appeal to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals of FERC orders regarding the municipal preference provisions of the Federal Power Act.
  • Counseling the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) on compliance matters relating to its 1,406 MW California Aqueduct and 762 MW Oroville Facilities Projects, both of which have conventional and pumped storage developments, and in federal court of appeals litigation of complaint regarding license compliance.
  • Providing CDWR with strategic and procedural advice regarding conversion of licensed facility developments to exempted facilities.
  • Advising the Utah Board of Water Resources and Washington County Water Conservancy District on federal permitting by FERC and Department of the Interior land managing agencies and Bureau of Indian Affairs of a major new combined water supply pipeline and hydroelectric power project.
  • Providing the San Diego County Water Authority with strategic and procedural advice on preliminary permitting and license application development for a proposed major new pumped storage project.
  • Advising several licensees regarding compliance with FERC dam and project safety and Critical Energy Infrastructure Information.
  • Reviewing applications and providing strategic advice on many preliminary permit matters, including competitive application proceedings. 
  • Providing strategic and procedural counsel regarding applications to surrender licenses and exemptions.

Publications

Pumped Storage: 5 Misperceptions about Licensing

International Water Power & Dam Construction, pp. 14-17
06/01/2017

A Benefit to Industry?

International Water Power & Dam Construction, pp. 12-13
03/01/2016

Preparing for the Future - An Indepth Look at the Issues Facing U.S. Hydroelectric Licensing

International Water Power & Dam Construction, pp. 34
06/01/2015

Presentations

Midwest Hydro Users Group 2017 Spring Meeting

Panelist, "Preparing for Relicensing"
Midwest Hydro Users Group
Wausau, WI
05/18/2017

HydroVision International 2016

Panel Moderator, "Jurisdiction Changes - Who's Responsible for What?"
Minneapolis, MN
07/28/2016

HydroVision International 2016

Presenter, "Jurisdiction Changes - Who's Responsible for What in the U.S.?"
Minneapolis, MN
07/26/2016

2016 Spring Midwest Hydro Users Group Meeting

Panelist, "Compliance - What You Need to Know"
Wausau , WI
05/18/2016

2015 Fall Midwest Hydro Users Group Meeting

Panelist, "Introduction to Relicensing"
Wausau , WI
10/28/2015

APPA's Legal Seminar

Panelist, "Making the FERC Hydro Process Work for Public Power"
American Public Power Association
San Antonio, TX
10/19/2014

HydroVision International 2013

Panel Moderator, "Novel Approaches in the Age of Diminishing Resources"
Denver, CO
08/25/2013

National Hydropower Association Alaska Regional Meeting

Panelist, "FERC Licensing Roundtable"
Sitka, AK
08/21/2012