Martin Dam FERC Facilitation

Project Name: Martin Dam Relicensing Project

Summary: Strategy development and facilitation lead

Client: Alabama Power Company

Project Location: Tallapoosa River, Alabama

Project Size: 182.5 MW

Services Provided:
•  Study Scoping and Plan 
•  FERC Licensing
•  Regulatory Strategic Planning
•  Stakeholder Facilitation
•  Agency Consultation
•  FERC Compliance Management and

Project Timeframe:
2005 - 2011

Relationship with Client: Since 1999

Client Needs:
Alabama Power Company (Alabama Power) required a consultant to assist with FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) of the Martin Project, as the existing license expires in 2013. Alabama Power needed to understand and implement all aspects of the ILP which required formation of Martin Issue Groups (MIGs) to develop study plans, implement studies, and review study results.
Kleinschmidt Solution:
In addition to developing the overall relicensing strategy and process structure, Kleinschmidt was the lead facilitator for the MIG meetings. The MIGs are comprised of many stakeholders with multiple competing interests: upstream property owners/users and downstream users/agricultural interests. Team members included Alabama Power staff and technical experts, federal and state resource agencies, local agencies, national and local non-governmental organizations, home owners and boat owners, downstream agricultural farmers, and individual citizens. The competing interests of these factions required Kleinschmidt to use the Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) tool to evaluate 24 project operation alternatives. As facilitators, Kleinschmidt was responsible for developing draft and final agendas, maintaining deadlines, coordinating meetings, preparing meeting summaries, and developing mission statements, ground rules, and meeting operating procedures. Kleinschmidt also developed and used the MCDA to assist stakeholders and Alabama Power to reduce the number of alternatives from 24 to four alternatives that were presented to FERC in the final license application.
Client Benefits:
Kleinschmidt ensured that meetings were conducted fairly, with opportunity for participation by all stakeholders. When conflict developed among competing users, Kleinschmidt assisted Alabama Power in developing and presenting the MCDA to stakeholders. The final license application was filed on time and analyzed multiple alternatives.