Lake Clementine makes progress on 15-MW California hydro project

Lake Clementine Hydro LLC (LCH) told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a Sept. 20 update that it has made a lot of progress since the commission in March granted it a second preliminary permit on a 15-MW hydro project in California.

The company is developing the Lake Clementine Hydroelectric Project. During the six months since receiving the successive preliminary permit on March 21, LCH retained SCD Energy and ZGlobal as its interconnection consultants and submitted an interconnection application into the California ISO Cluster 5. The company has received queue position Q#962. The CAISO Phase I study is underway. Results are expected by the first quarter of 2014.

The company said it solicited proposals for managing its project licensing process and has prepared a scope of services for performing the next phases of design engineering. The company met with a couple of engineering companies for pre-qualification purposes. On Sept. 4 company representatives met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss site control and other issues. During the next six months LCH plans to retain an engineering consultant, initiate the CAISO Phase II interconnection study, initiate and resume studies, meet with agencies and stakeholders and retain a licensing consultant. Concurrently the company said it plans to participate in energy sales opportunities that become available.

In October 2012, LCH had filed an application for a successive preliminary permit. EH California Hydro LLC filed a competing application for its own 6.9-MW project. Both projects were proposed to be located at the Corps’ North Fork Dam on the North Fork of the American River, near the city of Auburn, Placer County, Calif. LCH was chosen as the winner.

LCH proposes to harness water that now flows over the spillway of the North Fork Dam by installing two 7.5-MW generation units, for a total installed capacity of 15 MW and an estimated annual generation of 42.0 gigawatt-hours. The proposed project would also include a new 8,400-foot-long, 60-kV transmission line extending from the switchyard to an interconnection point with the Pacific Gas and Electric’s distribution system.

The contact information for LCH is: Magnus Johannesson, Director, Project Development, (310) 699-6400, mj@americarenewables.com.

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