FERC receives filings for Massachusetts hydro license, Oregon exemption

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received applications for a 2.207-MW hydropower license in Massachusetts and a 300-kW conduit exemption from licensing in Oregon during October.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for October 2013, compiled by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, indicated slower hydro licensing activity during the month.

The commission received an application from Pepperell Hydro Co. LLC for an original license for an existing unlicensed hydropower project, the 1.92-MW Pepperell project on the Nashua River in East Pepperell, Mass. The application (No. 12721) proposes to increase the capacity of two existing turbine-generators and to install a new minimum flow unit to increase total installed capacity to 2.207 MW.

FERC also received an application from Boyce Monroe Hydro LLC for a conduit exemption for the 300-kW Monroe Drop hydroelectric project (No. 14430). The project would be built on the North Unit Irrigation District's main canal in Jefferson County, Ore.

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 October 2013 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/oct-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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