FERC issues license, ups capacity at two exemptions in March

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s monthly update shows the commission issued one small project license and amended two project exemptions to increase their installed capacities in March.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for March 2011, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, said FERC issued one license to Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Co. LLC for the 6-MW Mahoning Creek project (No. 12555), to be built at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mahoning Dam on Mahoning Creek in Armstrong County, Pa.

FERC issued amendments in March to conduit exemptions: increasing authorized capacity of the 70-kW Maxwell project (No. 7564) to 94.1-kW; and increasing authorized capacity of the 750-kW Sunshine project (No. 9078) to 800 kW. The report said it issued one conduit exemption of 150 kW.

The commission also received two applications for 5-MW (maximum) exemptions from: Crane & Co. for the 250-kW Byron Weston project (No. 135830) at an existing dam on the East Branch of the Housatonic River in Berkshire County, Mass.; and the city of Watervliet, N.Y., for the 5-MW Delta project (No. 13135) at an existing New York State Canal Corp. dam on the East Branch of the Mohawk River in Oneida County, N.Y. The report said FERC also received an application for one amendment to increase project capacity by 820 kW.

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 March 2011 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/04-18-11-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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