The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has placed a hold on Alaska Power &Telephone Co.’s plans to file for a FERC pilot license to test a hydrokinetic project on the Yukon River in Eagle, Alaska.
FERC said the utility’s proposal to develop the 100-kW Yukon River Hydrokinetic Turbine project (No. 13114) would involve the same site for which another developer, Hydro Green Energy LLC, already holds a preliminary permit (No. 12870) to study.
AP&T acknowledged FERC’s finding that its application was not filed as a competing application to Hydro Green Energy’s proposed 5-MW Alaska 1 project. However, it informed the commission it plans to conduct testing and monitoring of a turbine for the project without benefit of a preliminary permit.
AP&T filed its notice of intent, draft license application, and request to use pilot licensing procedures on Feb. 11. (HNN 3/5/08) It is the first applicant to submit a notice of intent to file for a FERC pilot license to test a hydrokinetic project. However, AP&T failed to file the documents under the appropriate docket number and to notify Hydro Green Energy of the filing.
Not seeing a competing application or notice of intent to file a competing application, FERC issued a preliminary permit to Hydro Green Energy on Feb. 29, for a three-year period ending Jan. 31, 2011.
On March 3, FERC issued an order placing AP&T’s notice of intent, draft license application, and request to use pilot procedures in abeyance. FERC said that while Hydro Green Energy’s permit remains in effect, Hydro Green Energy holds the first priority in applying for a license for the site.
Should Hydro Green Energy no longer hold a preliminary permit for the site, FERC said, AP&T could file a preliminary permit application. Should a permit be granted to the utility, FERC said, AP&T could request reinstatement of the notice of intent, draft license application, and request to use the pilot license procedures.
In July 2007, Alaska Power Co., a subsidiary of AP&T, announced it received a $1.6 million grant to develop a 100-kW Eagle River Turbine hydrokinetic project on the Yukon River. (HNN 8/2/07)