Located near Rome, Ga. in the southern Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountain Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Plant is capable of producing 1,095 megawatts of clean energy, enough power to help serve approximately 50,000 homes. The plant has supplied reliable power for Georgia residents for more than 26 years.
The energy produced at Rocky Mountain helps supply Georgia’s peak demand periods, when the need for electricity is the greatest. Peak demand usually occurs in the late afternoon and early evening hours, when people get home from work and begin using a lot of electricity all at once. With the ability to start up quickly, Rocky Mountain provides a flexible and reliable source of power during these peaks.
The plant site also features a 5,000-acre recreation and fishing area, which is managed in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Rocky Mountain operates under a federal license issued in 1977 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Federal Power Act (FPA) gives FERC the exclusive authority to issue licenses to construct, operate, and maintain certain non-federal hydropower projects. A license is issued for a specific period of time and project owners must reapply for a new license prior to the expiration of an existing license.
With the original license set to expire on Dec. 31, 2026, Oglethorpe Power is seeking a new license for the project that will define how the plant operates for the next 40 to 50 years. Oglethorpe Power is not proposing to add capacity or make any major modifications under the new license.
The FERC relicensing process involves public engagement to ensure that future licenses appropriately address the need for affordable and reliable power generation, public safety, recreation and project-related impacts on the affected environment. This webpage is intended to help ensure that information related to the relicensing process is easily accessible to the public.
In addition to the information accessible here, interested parties will have opportunities to participate through noticed public meetings and requests to comment on official documents. Dates and times are published here.
Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document: December 10, 2021
Virtual Joint Meeting and Site Tour: March 16, 2022
Draft License Application: No later than March 2024
Final License Application: No later than December 31, 2024