FERC OKs expansion of two Maine projects, licenses 4-MW Broken Bow

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved license amendments expanding two Maine hydroelectric projects and licensed the 4-MW Broken Bow Re-Regulation Dam project in Oklahoma during September.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for September 2012, issued by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, showed the commission also issued a conduit exemption for a California project during the month.

Black Bear to expand 1.95-MW Stillwater, 2.332-MW Orono

FERC issued orders to Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC amending licenses to expand the 1.95-MW Stillwater project (No. 2712) and the 2.332-MW Orono project (No. 2710) on the Stillwater Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine. Black Bear is to construct a second three-unit powerhouse at each of the projects, increasing Stillwater to 4.179 MW and Orono to 6.082 MW.

Support for expansion of the projects was part of a settlement between government and private groups with Black Bear's predecessor, PPL Corp. PPL sold the Penobscot River Restoration Trust three other Penobscot River projects, 8.4-MW Veazie, 7.9-MW Great Works, and 1.9-MW Howland, which are being decommissioned to restore migratory fish runs. Black Bear acquired Stillwater and Orono from PPL in 2009.

FERC licenses 4-MW Broken Bow Re-regulation Dam at Corps facility

FERC issued an original license to the city of Broken Bow, Okla., for the proposed 4-MW Broken Bow Re-regulation Dam project (No. 12470) on Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County, Okla.

The city is to build the project at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Broken Bow Re-regulation Dam, part of the Corps' 100-MW Broken Bow project.

The commission also issued a conduit exemption from licensing to Calleguas Municipal Water District for the 330-kW Grandsen project (No. 11404) on Moorpark Feeder next to the Grandsen Pump Station in Ventura County, Calif.

In other action, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XLII LLC filed an application for an original license for the 3.75-MW Braddock Locks and Dam project (No. 13739). The project is to be built at the Corps of Engineers' Braddock Locks and Dam on the Monongahela River in Allegheny County, Pa.

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

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