Process Information About the Toledo Bend Project Joint Operation

The Integrated License Process

Sunrise on Toledo Bend ReservoirThe Toledo Bend Project, which was originally licensed by FERC’s predecessor agency, the Federal Power Commission, in 1963, was initially conceived, licensed, and developed primarily as a water supply reservoir, with secondary uses including hydroelectric power generation and recreation.

The hydroelectric facility at Toledo Bend is operated by Entergy Gulf States, Inc. (Entergy-TX), with the power purchased by Entergy-TX., Entergy Louisiana, LLC (Entergy-LA) and the Cleco Power LLC (CLECO).

Toledo Bend Reservoir is the nation’s only public water supply and hydroelectric power project to be undertaken without federal participation in its permanent financing. The reservoir and hydroelectric facilities were completed and began operation in 1969.

Sunset on the ReservoirThe Toledo Bend’s existing license expires in September 2013. The relicensing process selected by the Sabine River Authority is the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) as defined under the rules and regulations of the FERC at 18 CFR Part 5. In accordance with these regulations, the PAD was filed with FERC simultaneously with the NOI, both of which are being distributed to federal and state resource agencies, Indian Tribes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), municipalities, members of the public, and other interested parties.

The PAD provides FERC and interested parties with substantial existing information relevant to the Project; including project background, relicensing process and schedule, operations, engineering, environmental and natural resources, recreation, cultural resources, and socioeconomics. Under FERC’s regulations, the Authorities are required to complete this PAD using existing information relevant to the Project that is in their possession or that they can obtain from a variety of sources with the exercise of due diligence. This existing, relevant, and reasonably available information enables FERC, the Authorities, and interested parties to identify issues and information needs; develop focused study requests and plans; and form the foundation for the license application, which will be developed later in the ILP.