Twin Lakes Canal seeks license on 10-MW hydro project in Idaho

Twin Lakes Canal Co. applied Nov. 27 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a license for the 10-MW Bear River Narrows Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Bear River in Idaho.

The proposal is to construct a new dam on the Bear River and to install a 10-MW hydroelectric facility on the dam outlet. The dam would create a 12,647 acre-ft water storage reservoir that could be drawn down up to 5,000 acre-ft to supply irrigation water during dry years. Irrigation water would be released through the dam into the Bear River and then pumped out of the river into the Twin Lakes canal system at a new pumping station located about 0.7 miles downstream from the dam.

Other project facilities would include a 0.7 mile transmission line. The amount of water that would flow through the proposed Bear River Narrows Hydroelectric Project will be determined by releases made from the upstream Oneida Dam, which are determined by dam operator PacifiCorp.

A small transformation substation would be constructed adjacent to the powerhouse to step up voltage from 7.2 kV to 46 kV. A 46-kV three phase transmission line would connect the new substation to the existing PacifiCorp grid.

Twin Lakes Canal holds a preliminary permit on this project that was issued by FERC in December 2012. A draft FERC license application was filed by Twin Lakes in September 2011. Since that time, Twin Lakes said it has been engaged in addressing stakeholder comments on the draft application.

The developer contact information is: Twin Lakes Canal Co., P.O. Box 247,
 Preston, ID 83263, phone 
(208) 852-1612.

The developer agent is: Nicholas Josten, GeoSense,
 2742 Saint Charles Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83404, phone (208) 528-6152.

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