FERC exempts New Hampshire hydro project; Minnesota project seeks to expand

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exempted a 600-kW New Hampshire hydro project from licensing and received an amendment application to boost a Minnesota project by 600 kW in August.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for August 2015, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, was confined to small project activity. FERC listed no hydropower activities in its report for July.

FERC reported it issued a (maximum) 10-MW exemption from licensing to 5440 Hydro Inc. for the 600-kW Brooklyn Dam hydroelectric project (No. 13806) to be built on the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Coos County, N.H.

The commission also received an application from the City of Brainerd (Minn.) Public Utilities Commission to install a new 600-kW unit at the 3.342-MW Brainerd hydroelectric project (No. 2533) on the Mississippi River in Crow Wing County, Minn. 

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 August 2015 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2015/aug-infrastructure.pdf.

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