The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued its final environmental impact statement for the 5-MW Lassen Lodge hydro project.
The project would be developed by Rugraw LLC on the upper South Fork Battle Creek in Tehama County, California, U.S. The Lassen Lodge project would occupy no federal land or Indian reservations, FERC says, and its primary purpose is for hydroelectric generation.
FERC staff recommend licensing the project as proposed by Rugraw with some staff modifications and additional measures. FERC staff determined the project would provide a dependable source of electrical energy for the region; the 5 MW of capacity would not contribute to atmospheric pollution, including greenhouse gases; and the recommended environmental measures proposed by Rugraw, as modified by staff, would adequately protect and enhance environmental resources affected by the project.
The overall benefits of the staff alternative would be worth the cost of the proposed and recommended environmental measures, FERC said.
Rugraw used the traditional licensing process and filed its application for an original license in April 2014.
FERC says that the primary issues associated with constructing and operating the project are:
- Effects of product construction, operation and maintenance on instream flows and water quality
- Aquatic habitat and fauna, botanical and wildlife habitat
- Effects on aesthetics
- Protection of cultural resources