FERC licenses Wisconsin expansion, receives Hawaii exemption application

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensed a Wisconsin hydro project, approved its expansion, and received a conduit exemption application for a project in Hawaii during the month of May.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for May 2011, compiled by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, said FERC relicensed the 9.4-MW Badger-Rapide Croche project (No. 2677). The project comprises two developments at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kaukauna and Rapide Croche dams on the Fox River in Outagamie County, Wis.

The new license authorized the licensee, City of Kaukauna, Wis., to decommission the old Badger powerhouse at Kaukauna Dam and construct a new powerhouse increasing the project's installed capacity from 8 MW.

Also during May, FERC issued a license amendment increasing capacity by 1.8 MW and a conduit exemption of 1.3 MW.

The commission said Konohiki Hydropower LLC, a subsidiary of Pacific Light & Power Inc., filed a conduit exemption application in May for the proposed 5.3-MW Puu Lua project (No. 14069) in Kauai County, Hawaii. Konohiki said the project would generate 32.49 gigawatt-hours annually.

FERC also received an application for a capacity amendment, increasing capacity by 170 kW.

FERC, which previously used the infrastructure update as an in-house tool, began making the monthly update public beginning with December 2010. The report allows the public to track the activities of the Office of Energy Projects in the areas of hydropower, natural gas, electric generation, and electric transmission.

The Office of Energy Projects' Energy Infrastructure Update for May 2011 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/05-19-11-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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