PG&E soliciting proposals to acquire several of its hydropower facilities and powerhouses

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is soliciting proposals from parties interested in acquiring its DeSabla-Centerville hydroelectric facilities in Butte County, Calif.

PG&E made the announcement earlier this month, and the utility is also seeking offers to purchase its Lime Saddle and Coal Canyon powerhouses and their associated infrastructure.

Powerhouses in the DeSabla-Centerville project include the 18.5-MW DeSabla, the 1.5-MW Toadtown and 6.4-MW Centerville. The powerhouse for Lime Saddle is rated at 2 MW and 900 kW for Coal Canyon.

In February, reported PG&E would request the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to initiate its “orphan project” process to allow for other qualified entities to apply for a license to operate the facility in the future.

The solicitation this month is in response to FERC denying the request to initiate the orphan project process.

FERC has directed PG&E to seek interest by any entity in potentially acquiring the DeSabla-Centerville facility, whether through license transfer, filing of a new license application, or any other means, according to PG&E.

Sale of the facilities will require approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. A license transfer also would be required from FERC for the DeSabla-Centerville project. The Lime Saddle and Coal Canyon powerhouses are not licensed by FERC. 

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for

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