FERC reports three hydropower units commissioned in January

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports two hydro project expansions and a newly exempted project were placed in service in January.

The Energy Infrastructure Update for January, compiled by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects, also included issuance of an original license and a license exemption for small hydro projects and application for an exemption for another.

The commission reported start-up of minimum flow units at two existing projects added 960 kW to hydro project capacity:

  • Lockhart Power Co. placed in service a 565-kW minimum flow unit at the 18-MW Lockhart project (No. 2620) in Chester and Union counties, S.C.;
  • Duke Energy Carolinas LLC placed in service a 395-kW minimum flow turbine at the Cedar Cliff development of its 26.175-MW East Fork project (No. 2698) on the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, N.C.

FERC also reported that Monroe City Corp. placed in service the 37-kW Monroe Cold Spring project (No. 14441) on the Monroe City, Utah, water distribution system in Sevier County, Utah. FERC granted a hydro license exemption for the conduit project in 2012.

FERC issued a license in January to Inside Passage Electric Cooperative for the 455-kW Gartina Falls project (No. 14066) on Gartina Creek near Hoonah, Alaska. It also issued a conduit exemption to San Gabriel Valley Water Co., doing business as Fontana Water Co., for the 310-kW Sandhill Water Treatment Plant Hydro (No. 14428) in San Bernardino County, Calif.

Also in January, the city of Westfield’s Water Resources Department filed an application 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, 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 January 2013 may be obtained from the FERC Internet site under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/jan-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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