FERC exempts two hydro projects of 135 kW, receives application for 750-kW project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued exemptions for two hydroelectric projects totaling 135 kW and received an application for another project of 750 kW during June.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for June 2013, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, also reported the 7.5-MW South Canal hydroelectric project has begun operation in Colorado.

FERC said it issued a (maximum) 5-MW exemption from licensing to Historic Harrisville Inc. for the 90-kW Cheshire Mills project (No. 14332), proposed for the existing Cheshire Mills Dam on Nubanusit Brook in Harrisville, N.H.

The commission also issued a conduit exemption to Lucid Energy Inc. and the city of Portland Water Bureau for the 45-kW Conduit 3 project (No. 14498) in Multnomah County, Ore. Lucid and the city of Portland agreed in December 2012 to begin construction of an in-pipe hydroelectric system, using Lucid’s “LucidPipe” generating units, to be installed in a large-diameter, gravity fed water pipeline.

Also in June, Pershing County Water Conservation District filed a hydropower license application for the 750-kW Humboldt River hydropower project (No. 14327). The project is to be located at the existing Rye Patch Dam on the Humboldt River in Pershing County, Nev.

FERC also reported the 7.5-MW South Canal hydro project was brought on line by Delta-Montrose Electric Assn. on an Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association irrigation canal in Montrose County, Colo. The two-powerhouse project in the Gunnison River Basin did not require FERC licensing because it was authorized under a Bureau of Reclamation lease of power privilege governing private hydropower development on Reclamation facilities.

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 2013 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/jun-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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