America Renewables files pre-app plan for 5-MW hydro project

America Renewables LLC, on behalf of subsidiary Goodwin Power LLC, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 30 that it intends to file an application for an Original Project License for the 5-MW Goodwin Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project is located on the Stanislaus River in Tuolumne County, Calif. Goodwin Power intends to file a license application with FERC that will include the construction of: a siphon intake and guard with dimensions of approximately 15 feet wide and 7 feet high; four 150-foot long, 48 inch diameter penstocks; four 1.24-MW inline turbines and associated generators; four 48-inch-wide draft tube tunnels; and an approximately 400- foot-long 17-kV transmission line.

The project would be operated in run-of-river mode, and is estimated to have an annual energy production of 23.7 gigawatt-hours per year.

Goodwin Power said it is proposing to use the Traditional Licensing Process at FERC for this project, with modifications.

The Goodwin Project, will be located on the Goodwin Dam and Goodwin Reservoir on the Stanislaus River immediately downstream of the Tulloch Project. The Goodwin Dam is owned and operated by the Tri-Dam Project. The water release is operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The facilities were constructed in 1916.

The Goodwin Dam is a concrete overpour structure consisting of two arches connected by a reinforced concrete center thrust block. The dam provides an afterbay for the Tulloch Reservoir and a forebay for diversion of water from the Stanislaus River to irrigation canals operated by Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts and Stockton East Water District.

Goodwin Power is proposing to interconnect with Pacific Gas and Electric’s transmission system. The route would make use of an existing 17-kV PG&E transmission line that passes the dam on the south embankment.

The company contact is: Magnus Johannesson, CEO, Goodwin Power LLC,
 46-E Peninsula Center,
 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 Telephone: (310) 699-6400.

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