FERC cancels permit for 660-MW pumped storage project in Texas

Following through on an earlier notice, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 26 officially terminated a preliminary permit for a 660-MW pumped storage hydro project in Texas because the developer had not filed mandated project updates.

In September 2012, Cedar Creek Hydro LLC was issued a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Cedar Creek Pumped Storage Project. Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on Aug. 16 that no progress reports have been filed (i.e., those due on March 1 and Sept. 1, 2013), and, therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. “The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled,” said the Sept. 26 FERC notice.

The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on Oct. 26. No competing applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective.

In April 2012, Cedar Creek Hydro had filed an application for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of this project, located in Briscoe, Armstrong and Randall counties, Texas.

The Cedar Creek project would have consisted of: a 60-foot-high, 12,700-foot-long earth embankment upper dam; an upper reservoir with a surface area of 283 acres and a storage capacity of 7,660 acre-feet; a 28-foot-diameter, 3,720-foot-long steel penstock; a powerhouse/pumping station containing three pump/generating units with a total capacity of 660 MW; a 140-foot-high, 1,600-foot-long earth embankment lower dam; a lower reservoir with a surface area of 151 acres and a storage capacity of 8,550 acre-feet; and a 26-mile-long, 240-kV transmission line. The project would have had an estimated average annual generation of 1,816,000 megawatt-hours.

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