FERC grants study permit for 100-MW North Eden pumped-storage

North Eden Hydro LLC is studying the feasibility of developing the 100-MW North Eden pumped-storage project in Rich County, Utah, near Bear Lake County, Idaho.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a three-year preliminary permit in December to North Eden Hydro, an affiliate of Symbiotics LLC of Rigby, Idaho. The permit (No. 13249) expires Nov. 30, 2011.

North Eden would include two earthen embankment dams �- one 100 feet tall and 4,000 feet long and the other 130 feet tall and 1,300 feet long, creating two reservoirs. The project also would include a powerhouse with five generators totaling 100 MW, a 2,200-foot-long steel penstock, and a five-mile transmission line.

North Eden Hydro said the project is expected to generate 1,300 GWh a year for sale to local utilities and providers in the Western Electrical Coordinating Council system.

It is the second project Symbiotics has proposed for the Bear Lake County area. Symbiotics affiliate Hook Canyon Energy LLC surrendered a permit it held to study 1,120-MW Hook Canyon pumped-storage (No. 12707). The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation said it would not negotiate with Symbiotics to supply an easement across state park property for Hook Canyon, thwarting plans to build it.

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