FERC staff endorses hydro project relicensings in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Maine

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued environmental assessments endorsing the relicensing of the 451.8-MW Kinzua Pumped-Storage project in Pennsylvania, the 260-MW Salina Pumped-Storage project in Oklahoma and two water storage projects in Maine.

451.8-MW Kinzua Pumped-Storage

FERC staff issued a final environmental assessment endorsing relicensing of Kinzua, also called Seneca Pumped-Storage, (No. 2280) by Seneca Generation LLC. Seneca Generation is a subsidiary of Harbor Hydro Holdings LLC, which is itself a unit of LS Power Group. LS Power acquired Kinzua and 10 other hydro projects last year from FirstEnergy Corp.

Seneca Generation proposes control system modifications as well as some operational changes and a number of measures to protect or enhance environmental resources at Kinzua, on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. FERC staff recommended relicensing the project as proposed with some staff modifications and additional measures.

The environmental assessment found that relicensing the project as proposed by Seneca Generation would cost $6.09 per MWh less than the likely cost of alternative power. Under the staff alternative with resource agency mandatory conditions, it would cost $5.31/MWh less than alternative power.

260-MW Salina Pumped-Storage

FERC staff issued a draft environmental assessment endorsing relicensing of Salina Pumped-Storage (No. 2524) by Grand River Dam Authority on Saline Creek and the Saline Creek arm of Lake Hudson on Oklahoma's Grand River.

GRDA proposes no changes in facilities or operation, but does propose measures to protect or enhance the environment. FERC staff recommended relicensing the project as proposed with some staff modifications and additional measures.

The environmental assessment found that relicensing the project as proposed by GRDA would cost $35.34 per MWh less than the likely cost of alternative power. Under the staff alternative, it would cost $35.33/MWh less than alternative power.

West Branch, Forest City projects

FERC staff also issued a draft environmental assessment endorsing relicensing of the West Branch project (No. 2618) and the Forest City project (No. 2660) on the West Branch and the East Branch of the St. Croix River in Maine.

Although the projects have no installed capacity, licensee Woodland Pulp LLC operates West Branch's two developments, Sysladobsis Dam and West Grand Dam, and Forest City to contribute to generation of the unlicensed 9.48-MW Grand Falls hydro project downstream at the confluence of the East and West branches of the St. Croix. Half of the Forest City Dam and impoundment, and its entire fishway, are located on the Canadian side of the international border.

Woodland Pulp proposes minor operational changes at the two storage projects. FERC staff recommended relicensing the two projects as proposed by Woodland Pulp with some staff modifications and additional measures.

The environmental assessment found that relicensing West Branch as proposed by Woodland Pulp would result in its contribution to downstream generation costing $554.45 per MWh more than the likely cost of alternative power. Under the staff alternative with resource agency mandatory conditions, it would cost $573.77/MWh more than alternative power.

The environmental assessment found that relicensing Forest City as proposed by Woodland Pulp would result in its contribution to downstream generation costing $375.15 per MWh more than the likely cost of alternative power. Under the staff alternative with resource agency mandatory conditions, it would cost $402.28/MWh more than alternative power.

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