The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued three hydropower license exemptions totaling 578 kW and received an application for another exemption of 292 kW in March.
The Energy Infrastructure Update for March, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, included approval of an application by the city of Westfield’s Water Resources Department for a conduit exemption for the 80-kW Sackett Filtration Plant project (No. 14483) to be installed in the city’s filtration plant in Hampden County, Mass.
FERC also approved an application from L.S. Starrett Co. for a (maximum) 5-MW small hydro exemption for the existing unlicensed 25-kW Crescent Street Dam project (No. 14447) on Millers River near Athol, Mass. FERC approved increasing the project’s installed capacity to 448 kW.
The commission also approved an application from Freedom Falls LLC for a (maximum) 5-MW small hydro exemption for the 50-kW Freedom Falls project (No. 14421) to be built on Sandy Stream in Waldo County, Maine.
In other action, Three Valleys Municipal Water District filed an application for a conduit exemption for the 292-kW Miramar Bypass Station project (No. 14506) at Claremont in Los Angeles County, Calif.
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 March 2013 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/mar-energy-infrastructure.pdf.