Update on recent FERC hydropower activity

Within the past week or so, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. has taken action on permitting and licensing issues around several hydropower projects.

Here is an update:

  • Preliminary permit issued Dec. 28 for the Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage project in Yavapai, Coconino and Mohave counties in Arizona. The closed-loop project would have a capacity up to 2,000 MW and is being built by Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage LLC.
  • Notice of surrender of preliminary permit accepted Dec. 27 for the Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project to be located in Lackawanna and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania and the Susan Russ Memorial Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project to be located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The permits, belonging to Merchant Hydro Developers LLC, will remain in effect until the close of business Jan. 26, 2018.

Additionally, per its November 2017 Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure Update:

  • License application filed by Shell North America for the 5-MW Hydro Battery Pearl Hill Project Pumped Storage Project, to be located on the Columbia River in Douglas County, Washington.
  • Northern States Power Company issued an order raising capacity of its White River Project to 1.2 MW, from 1 MW. The project is on the White River in Ashland County, Wisconsin.

For more pumped storage news, click here.

HydroVision Connection

The New Development track of panel presentation sessions at HydroVision International — this June in Charlotte, N.C., U.S. — features several sessions of interest:


Additionally, a session in the Policies and Regulations track, Pumped Storage: How to Make it Work, provides specific examples of locations where pumped storage is valued and encouraged. Click here to learn more.

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