John H. Clements

Of Counsel

202.298.1933

jhc@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Counseling Alaska Energy Authority regarding FERC licensing of proposed new 600 MW Susitna-Watana Dam Project. The proposed project is highly controversial and, if licensed, will be the largest new hydroelectric project dam since the 1960s.
  • Advising Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) regarding development of the new Red Rock Project at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam, including due diligence for project acquisition, license compliance, license amendment strategy, water quality certification requirements for Corps dredge and fill and facilities alterations permits, and negotiation of Corps site access agreement.
  • Counseling Exelon Corporation regarding relicensing and compliance matters for the 130 MW Conowingo conventional and 1,100 MW Muddy Run Pumped Storage projects.
  • Counseling California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) on compliance issues relating to CDWR’s 1,406 MW California Aqueduct and 762 MW Oroville Facilities Projects, both of which include conventional and pumped storage developments, and litigation of a complaint regarding the Oroville Facilities Project.
  • Providing CDWR with strategic and procedural advice regarding conversion of licensed facility developments to exempted facilities.
  • Reviewing applications and provide strategic advice on many preliminary permit matters, including competition among permit applicants.

Publications

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

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

HydroVision International 2011

Panel Moderator, "Making Sure Your FERC License Yields the Desired Results"
Sacramento, CA
07/20/2011