Editor’s note
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CoverDeveloped by Montana State University Extension and the University of Wyoming
Adapted with permission

This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Micro-hydropower for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. Water use is often a contentious issue. Relative to other renewable energy technologies, micro-hydro faces heavy regulatory burdens. Any new micro-hydropower facility in Missouri is subject to regulatory approval concerning surface water use and diversions. Efforts are ongoing to reduce the regulatory burden, but licensing involves several important steps, described in this guide.


  • Establish water rights
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013
  • Reasonable use laws
  • Riparian rights


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