Clean Currents 2022

FERC eLibrary Made Easy! Tech Demo 2 in the Innovation Power House

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) on-line eLibrary is a treasure trove of information for the hydropower community.

It provides historic and current information about environmental studies and license conditions required for individual projects.

However, eLibrary users, including FERC staff, express frustration with the difficulty of finding and accessing relevant documents and information within eLibrary.

So, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has set out to develop a publicly-available software solution to improve hydropower users’ ability to locate and access documents and information contained within the existing eLibrary system without altering the system itself.

The team has developed a pilot and will demonstrate it in the Innovation Power House.

The pilot offers a visual interface for users to interactively navigate and explore the information space to improve their experience in identifying and accessing relevant documents of interest.

When completed in 2023, the publicly-available tool will make it easier for all hydropower stakeholders to find and access documents and information within FERC’s eLibrary system.

Presenter Information

James Bradford

James Bradford
User Experience Designer, Human Centered Computing, NSD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), U.S. Department of Energy
Demonstration Speaker


Bo Saulsbury

Bo Saulsbury
Project Manager, Risk & Environmental Assessment Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), U.S. Department of Energy
Demonstration Speaker