FERC exempts Maryland hydro, reports Montana project on line

During the month of June, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a hydropower license exemption to a small Maryland project and reported that the 7.7-MW Upper Turnbull project went on line in Montana.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for June 2011, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, said FERC granted a conduit exemption to the city of Frostburg, Md., for the 75-kW Frostburg Low Head hydro project (No. 14059) on the city’s raw water supply line in Alleghany County, Md. The project is to generate 240 megawatt-hours annually.

Also during June, FERC issued a license amendment increasing capacity by 12.612 MW. It also said it received applications for a capacity amendment that would increase capacity by 4.31 MW and two conduit exemption applications totaling 571 kW.

Included in the June highlights, FERC said Turnbull Hydro LLC brought the 7.7-MW Upper Turnbull project (No. 12597) on line in Teton County, Mont. Construction of the project was completed in one year on the Spring Valley Canal.

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 2011 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/07-19-11-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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