FERC 1,300-MW licensing in June is year’s largest capacity increase

The licensing of a single hydro project in June, the 1,300-MW Eagle Mountain Pumped-Storage project, is the largest capacity increase approved so far this year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for June 2014, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, listed Eagle Mountain as the sole capacity increase for the month of June.

The original license (No. 13123) issued to Eagle Crest Energy Co., authorizes construction of the pumped-storage project at the site of an inactive iron mine in Riverside County, Calif.

The infrastructure update also reported the commissioning of the 8-MW Tri-County Water hydropower project at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Ridgway Dam in Ouray County, Colo. The Tri-County Water hydro project was not licensed by FERC but was developed under a Lease of Power Privilege by Reclamation to the Tri-County Water Conservancy District.

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 June 2014 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2014/jun-infrastructure.pdf.

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