FERC gives East Texas Electric Cooperative two extra years for hydro project

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official on April 3 granted East Texas Electric Cooperative a two-year extension on a preliminary permit for a 24-MW hydro project.

On March 22, East Texas Electric Cooperative, licensee for the proposed 24-MW Lake Livingston Hydroelectric Project, filed a request for a two-year extension of time, until Aug. 26, 2015, to begin construction of the project. The project will be located on the Trinity River Authority of Texas’ (TRA) existing Lake Livingston dam on the Trinity River, in San Jacinto, Polk, Trinity, and Walker counties, in southeastern Texas. The project will not occupy any federal lands.

Article 307 of the license requires the licensee to commence construction of the project works within two years from the issuance date of the license. The cooperative told FERC it is working diligently to develop the project and needed extra time to complete that work.

The extension approval came from Charles Cover, Chief, Project Review Branch, Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance, under authority delegated by the commission in cases like this one.

The March 22 extension request said the cooperative has proceeded diligently with project development activities and has spent nearly $8.4m on the project to date. “It has timely submitted compliance filings required under the license; has issued $35.2 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) and will issue another $15 million in CREBs by March 2014; has submitted requests for a large generator interconnection and for transmission service with Entergy’s Independent Coordinator of Transmission; has entered into a contract with a turbine-generator vendor; has issued a Request for Proposals to prospective engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, with bids due in late April; and expects to select an EPC contractor and issue a notice to proceed with final design work by August this year. The Cooperative is in the process of acquiring the property rights needed for the Project, including transmission rights-of-way, from TRA, Polk County, and several private landowners.”

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