FERC receives application for 1,000-MW Parker Knoll pumped-storage

WASHINGTON 12/29/11 (PennWell) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received three hydropower license applications in November, including a filing to develop the 1,000-MW Parker Knoll pumped-storage project in Utah.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for November 2011, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, showed the agency received two other hydro license applications for projects totaling 1.88 MW and an application for a conduit exemption of 40 kW.

Parker Knoll Hydro LLC filed an application to license the 1,000-MW Parker Knoll pumped-storage project (No. 13239) to be built near Richfield in Piute County, Utah. An affiliate of Symbiotics LLC, Parker Knoll Hydro proposes to construct two new reservoirs with an initial fill of water from the existing Otter Creek Reservoir.

William Arkoosh filed an application to license the 1.23-MW Little Wood River Ranch 2 project (No. 14154) proposed for the Little Wood River six miles west of Shoshone in Lincoln County, Idaho. Additionally, Mahoning Hydropower LLC applied for a license for the 650-kW Lake Milton project (No. 13953). The project would be built at an existing dam owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on the Mahoning River in Mahoning County, Ohio.

The commission also received an application for a conduit exemption from licensing for the 40-kW Basalt project. The applicant, the town of Basalt, Colo., proposes to generate about 300 megawatt-hours annually from the project in Eagle County, Colo. Basalt is the second conduit application filed under a memorandum of understanding between FERC and the state of Colorado to advance small hydropower projects.

FERC issued two conduit exemptions in November for projects in Idaho and Utah:
o MacKay Bar Corp., 25-kW Hettinger (No. 13382) on an irrigation pipeline in Idaho County, Idaho; and
o Draper Irrigation Co., 511-kW Big Willow project on an irrigation pipeline in Salt Lake County, Utah.

Amendment authorizes additional capacity at Friant Dam powerhouses

The commission also approved amendments to the licenses of the 510-kW Fishwater Release project (No. 11068) and the 27.36-MW Friant project (No. 2892) located at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River in California.

The order approved an application by Orange Cove Irrigation District and Friant Power Authority to amend the license of their Fishwater Release project to add a new 7-MW powerhouse to the existing 510-kW project. The new powerhouse is to utilize additional flows resulting from a 2006 settlement agreement requiring significantly greater releases from Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River.

The amendment also deletes from the license a previously approved second powerhouse of 1.8 MW that was never built at Fishwater Release. FERC also amended the license of Friant Power Authority’s Friant project to allow construction of the new Fishwater Release powerhouse on a common penstock carrying water from Friant Dam.

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 November 2011 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/12-19-11-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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