FERC issues four licenses, one exemption in January

WASHINGTON 2/20/12 (PennWell) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued four hydropower licenses totaling 19.072 MW and one exemption of 300 kW in January, including the pilot license for a hydrokinetic project.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for January 2012, compiled by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, showed the agency also received three applications for conduit exemptions.

FERC issued its first hydrokinetic pilot project license for a tidal energy project, the 1.05-MW Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy project (No. 12611). It issued the 10-year pilot license Jan. 23, authorizing Verdant Power to conduct a three-phase development on the East River in New York, N.Y.

The commission issued an original license to Gibson Dam Hydroelectric Co. for the 15-MW Gibson Dam project (No. 12478), proposed for the Bureau of Reclamation's Gibson Dam on the Sun River in Lewis and Clark County and Teton County, Mont.

FERC also issued an original license to Jordan Hydroelectric L.P. for the 3-MW Flannagan project (No. 12740), proposed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' John W. Flannagan Dam on the Pound River in Dickenson County, Va.

It also issued an original minor license to David Creasey for the proposed 22.5-kW Creasey hydropower project (No. 13829) on Lincoln Creek and the Lincoln Creek Drainage Ditch on the Fort Hall Reservation, Fort Hall, Idaho.

FERC granted a conduit exemption from licensing to Placer County Water Agency for the 300-kW Gold Run Pipeline project (No. 14297) in Placer County, Calif.

Three applications filed for conduit exemptions

Silt Water Conservancy District filed for two conduit exemptions in January, for the 75-kW Harvey Gap 50 project (No. 14342) and the 875-kW Harvey Gap 400 project (No. 14343) on the district's irrigation system in Garfield County, Colo. San Jose Water Co. also applied for a conduit exemption for the Hostetter Pressure Reducing Valve project (No. 14357) in California.

FERC granted a license amendment allowing Grand River Dam Authority to upgrade generating units of the108-MW Markham Ferry project (No. 2183). The work increases installed capacity by 19.5 MW for a new total capacity of 125.5 MW at Markham Ferry, on Grand River in Mayes County, Okla.

NextEra FPL Energy Maine LLC applied to FERC for an amendment allowing upgrade of generating units of the 16.8-MW Skelton project (No. 2527) on the Saco River in York County, Maine. The work would increase capacity by 4.8 MW to a total 21.6 MW.

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 January 2012 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/jan-2012-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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