FERC update includes Colorado conduit, application for tidal plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's September update includes issuance of an exemption to the first small hydro project under Colorado's pilot program, and receipt of a pilot license application for a Maine tidal project.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for September 2011, compiled by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, said FERC issued a conduit exemption from licensing for 23 kW as well as two license amendments increasing projects' installed capacity by 9.95 MW.

Additionally, the commission received four applications for conduit exemptions totaling 2.927 MW and one application for a capacity amendment of 1.7 MW.

FERC issued the 23-kW conduit exemption to George Wenschhof for the 23-kW Meeker Wenschhof project (No. 14230), to be built on an existing irrigation pipeline near Meeker, Colo. Meeker Wenschhof was the first small hydro project to apply pursuant to a pilot program established by a FERC memorandum of understanding with the state of Colorado.

The tidal project application came from ORPC Maine, an Ocean Renewable Power Co. LLC subsidiary. ORPC is pursuing a pilot hydrokinetic project license for the 300-kW Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy project in Cobscook Bay off Eastport, Maine.

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 September 2011 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/10-21-11-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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