FERC issues Alaska hydro license, exempts projects in Colorado, California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensed a small hydro project in Alaska and issued exemptions from licensing to projects in Colorado and California during August.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for August 2013, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, also reported that a Washington utility district applied to license two hydro projects totaling 12 MW.

The commission issued an original license to Copper Valley Electric Association Inc. for the 6.5-MW Allison Creek project (No. 13124) proposed for Allison Creek at Port Valdez, Alaska.

FERC also issued a (maximum 5 MW) small hydro exemption to Catamount Metropolitan District for the 695-kW Catamount project (No. 14368) to be built at the district’s existing Lake Catamount Dam on the Yampa River near Steamboat Springs, Colo.

A conduit exemption was issued to Carlsbad Municipal Water District for the 135-kW Pressure Control Facility project (No. 14501) at a municipal water system pressure reducing station on Maerkle Reservoir in San Diego, Calif.

Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 filed hydro license applications for two projects near North Bend in King County, Wash.:

  • 6-MW Calligan Creek (No. 13948) on Calligan Creek; and
  • 6-MW Hancock Creek (No. 13994) on Hancock Creek.

Calligan Creek and Hancock Creek were licensed in the early 1990s, but the licenses were terminated in 2004 due to lack of activity. The projects are about 3 miles apart and share common transmission lines and communication infrastructure.

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

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