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Planning Guidance: Hydropower

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Corps of Engineers Uses Mediation to Settle Hydropower Dispute: Case Study #6, Alternative Dispute Resolution Series (1991)
    This case study analyzes the process and other factors which led to the successful outcome.

    Engineer Pamphlets (EPs)

  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-10: Hydrologic Engineering Analysis Concepts for Cost-Shared Flood Damage Reduction Studies (1994 Update needed)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes study processes performed by USACE for Federal flood damage reduction cost projects.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-12: Engineering and Design - Seismic Design Provisions for Roller Compacted Concrete Dams (1995)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides preliminary guidance and direction for the earthquake-resistant design of new roller compacted concrete (RCC) dams, and for the evaluation of safety and serviceability of existing RCC dams subjected to earthquake loading.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-13: Engineering and Design - Dam Safety Preparedness (1996)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides general guidance and information concerning dam safety preparations for USACE.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1110-2-9: Hydrologic Engineering Study Design (1994)
    Engineer Pamphlet describes activities necessary to design and prepare a Hydrologic Engineering Study for a Corps water resource investigation.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1130-2-500 Appendix F: Example of Combining Risks and Consequences: (1996)
    Engineer Pamphlet evaluates procedures for major rehabilitation where risk-based benefit-cost analysis is used.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1130-2-500, Appendix C: Conceptual Approach for Analyzing Rehabilitation (1996)
    This guidance provides a conceptual approach for analyzing rehabilitation. It requires risk-based benefit-cost analysis and criteria.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1130-2-500, Appendix E: Benefits Evaluation Procedures (1996)
    This appendix outlines basic procedures that can be used to evaluate rehabilitation for navigation and hydropower project purposes.
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 16: Hydroelectric Power (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet discusses the Corps' responsibilities, how the projects get built,and how the power is sold. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-1, Chapter 24: Activities Related to Programs Administered by Other Federal Agencies (1999)
    Engineer Pamphlet provides information on environmental programs, natural lands, hydroelectric power, and legislation outside Corps authority. Digest of Water Resources Policies and Authorities
  • Engineer Pamphlet 1165-2-317: Hydropower: The Role of the US Army Corps of Engineers (1987)
    This pamphlet explains how hydropower is part of the nation's energy base and how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helps develop this resource.

    Engineer Regulations (ERs)

  • Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook, Appendix E, Civil Works Mission and Evaluation Procedures (2000)
    This appendix provides policy and planning guidance for project purposes of navigation, flood damage reduction, hurricane and storm damage reduction (shore protection), ecosystem restoration, hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply and multiple purpose projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1: Provisions for Future Hydropower Installation at Corps of Engineers Projects (1982)
    This regulation prescribes procedures for obtaining the Secretary of the Army's approval to provide minimum facilities for future hydroelectric power development at Corps projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1155: Dam Safety Assurance Program (1997)
    This regulation provides guidance and procedures for the investigation and justifications of modifications for dam safety assurance.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1400: Reservoir/Water Control Centers (1993)
    This regulation provides for the establishment of Reservoir/Water Control Centers (Centers) to improve capabilities.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1451: Acquisition of Lands Downstream From Spillways For Hydrologic Safety Purposes (1978)
    This regulation provides guidance on the acquisition of lands downstream from spillways for the purpose of protecting the public from hazards imposed by spillway discharges.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1454: Corps Responsibilities for Non-Federal Hydroelectric Power Development Under the Federal Power Act (1983)
    This regulation provides policy and guidance for review of preliminary permit and license applications for non-federal hydroelectric power development.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1462: Water Quality and Water Control Considerations for Non-Federal Hydropower Development at Corps of Engineers Projects (1991)
    This regulation provides policy and guidance for incorporation of Corps water quality and water control management responsibilities and considerations.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1463: Hydrologic Engineering for Hydropower (1992)
    This regulation defines the scope, authorities, and requirements for hydrologic engineering studies performed in support of hydropower studies for both conventional and pumped-storage hydroelectric projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-1942: Inspection, Monitoring and Maintenance of Relief Wells (1998)
    This regulation provides policy guidance for scheduled monitoring, inspection, evaluation, maintenance and rehabilitation of relief wells at civil works projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-2-4401: Clearances For Electric Power Supply Lines and Communication Lines Over Reservoirs (1997)
    This regulation defines the minimum vertical clearances to be provided when relocating or replacing existing or when constructing new power and communication lines over waters of reservoir projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1110-8-2(FR): Inflow Design Floods for Dams and Reservoirs (1991)
    This regulation sets forth hydrologic engineering requirements for selecting and accommodating Inflow Design Floods (IDF) for dams and reservoirs.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-337: Project Operation - Assignment of Operation and Maintenance Expenses to Proper Cost Accounts for Multiple-Purpose Projects with Power (1969)
    This regulation establishes standard guidelines for making charges to cost account numbers for specific operation and maintenance duties and other expenses at multiple-purpose projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-500: Chapter 3, Major Rehabilitation Program (1996)
    This chapter establishes the policy for major rehabilitation at completed Corps of Engineers projects and determinations of whether such rehabilitation should be accomplished under the Major Rehabilitation Program with Construction, General funds, or for applicable projects, with Construction funds under the Flood Control, Mississippi River and Tributaries appropriation title.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-510: Project Operation - Hydroelectric Power Operations and Maintenance Policies (1996)
    This regulation establishes the policy for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of USACE hydroelectric power generation facilities and related structures at civil works water resource projects.
  • Engineer Regulation 1130-2-551: Project Operation - Hydropower Operations and Maintenance Policy Bulk Power System Reliability Compliance Program (2009)
    This regulation establishes the requirement for compliance with the applicable Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Bulk Power System (BPS) Reliability Standards.
  • Engineer Regulation 1165-2-114: Water Resources Policies and Authorities - Use of Excess Power Revenues to Assist in Repayment of Irrigation Costs (1964)
    This regulation summarizes guidance for all engineers engaged in Civil Works activities regarding excess funds associated with Federal irrigation projects.

    Engineer Technical Letters (ETLs)

  • Engineer Technical Letter 1100-2-4: Developing Paleoflood Information for Flood Frequency Analysis (2020)
    This ETL provides guidance and procedures for the appropriate use of paleoflood analyses and information in support of USACE flood frequency analysis
  • Engineer Technical Letter 1110-2-3: Guidance for Detection of Nonstationarities in Annual Maximum Discharges (2017)
    This technical letter provides USACE with guidance for detection of abrupt and slowly varying changes (nonstationarities) in analyses of annual maximum discharge supporting USACE project planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

    Engineering and Construction Bulletins

  • Engineering and Construction Bulletin 2018-14: Guidance for Incorporating Climate Change Impacts to Inland Hydrology in Civil Works Studies, Designs, and Projects (2018)
    This Engineering and Construction Bulletin (ECB) reissues and updates the policy in ECB 2016-25, Guidance for Incorporating Climate Change Impacts to Inland Hydrology in Civil Works Studies, Designs, and Projects. This ECB applies to all hydrologic analyses supporting planning and engineering decisions having an extended decision time frame (i.e., not for short-term water management decisions). It provides guidance for incorporating climate change information in hydrologic analyses in accordance with the USACE overarching climate preparedness and resilience policy and ER 1105-2-101.

    Visiting Scholar Program

  • Environmental Valuation and Decision Making for Water Project Investment and Operations: Lessons from the FERC Experience (2007)
    "Environmental Valuation and Decision Making for Water Project Investment and Operations: Lessons from the FERC Experience" is of strong interest as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was addressing the same kinds of issues that increasingly face the Corps reviewing the viability and/or operational practices of water control projects that were built years ago, before the new emphasis on river restoration. The approach provides useful insights for the Corps as it seeks to advance its environmental restoration mission in the context of its emphasis on collaborative planning.

    Engineer Pamphlets (EPs)

  • EP 1105-2-57: Planning Stakeholder Engagement, Collaboration and Coordination (formerly Appendix B of the PGN) (2019)
    This pamphlet explains the benefits of, and requirements for, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and coordination in Civil Works planning studies. These activities are critical to study success because they may foster trust and credibility between USACE and the communities we serve; increase collective understanding of problems; reduce controversy and litigation risks; and improve the quality and execution of our decisions. Note: This EP replaces the existing Appendix B of the Planning Guidance Notebook.

    Institute for Water Resources

  • Reliability Analysis and Assessment of Hydropower Equipment (1998)