FERC receives six hydro license applications totaling 43.825 MW


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received six hydro license applications totaling 43.825 MW during November including four applications from a Free Flow Power affiliate for projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for November 2013, compiled by FERC's Office of Energy Projects, also included a capacity increase approved for an exempted project in California and an increase placed in service at a licensed project in Washington.

Free Flow Power Missouri 2 LLC filed original license applications for four projects at Corps dams in Mississippi:

 -- 14.6-MW Sardis Lake (No. 13701) at the Corps' Sardis Lake Dam on the Little Tallahatchie River in Panola County, Miss.;

 -- 9-MW Grenada Lake (No. 13702) at the Corps' Grenada Lake Dam on the Yalobusha River in Grenada County, Miss.;

 -- 4.6-MW Enid Lake (No. 13703) at the Corps' Enid Lake Dam on the Yocona River in Yalobusha County, Miss.; and

 -- 5.1-MW Arkabutla Lake (No. 13704) at the Corps' Arkabutla Lake Dam on the Coldwater River in Tate and DeSoto counties, Miss.

FERC had issued preliminary permits in 2007 to Hydro Green Energy LLC to study developing hydro projects at the four sites now promoted by Free Flow Power. 

In other action, FERC received applications for original licenses from:

 -- Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc. for the 525-kW Old Harbor project (No. 13272) on the East Fork of Mountain Creek near Old Harbor in Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska; and

 -- Twin Lakes Canal Co. for the 10-MW Bear River Narrows project (No. 12486) on the Bear River near Preston in Franklin County, Idaho. 

The commission issued an order amending the conduit exemption of the 535-kW Miramar Plant Station hydroelectric project (No. 10263). The amendment authorizes exemptee Three Valleys Municipal Water District to add two generating units, increasing the project's installed capacity to 827 kW.

Three Valleys originally proposed the addition as an exemption application for a separate project, the 292-kW Miramar Bypass Station project (No. 14506) at Claremont in Los Angeles County, Calif.  However, because Miramar Bypass would share an intake pipeline and powerhouse with Miramar Plant Station, FERC declared the proposal to be an amendment to Miramar Plant Station and terminated the amendment application.

FERC also reported that in November Grant County Public Utility District No. 2 placed in service an additional 4.1 MW at the 1,125-MW Wanapum development of the 1,980-MW Priest Rapids project (No. 2114) in Grant County, Wash. 

FERC amended Priest Rapids' license in 2008 to authorize upgrades to increase total installed capacity to 1,980 MW. Grant County is upgrading all ten turbines at Wanapum with advanced turbines.  The utility also plans upgrades at the project's other development, 855-MW Priest Rapids.  A session on Wanapum Dam Turbine Replacement Project Completion is planned for HydroVision International, July 22-25, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

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

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