FERC grants permit on small hydroelectric project in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 28 granted a preliminary permit, good for three years, to Go With The Flow Hydro Power LLC for a 1.2-MW hydro project in Oregon.

In July 2013, Go With The Flow Hydro Power filed an application for a preliminary permit that allows it to study the feasibility of the proposed Go With The Flow Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Umatilla River near the city of Hermiston in Umatilla County, Ore.

The proposed project would use the following existing facilities from an abandoned hydroelectric project: a 3.5-foot-high, 120-foot-long concrete diversion weir; a concrete intake structure with trashrack; a 5,350-foot-long earthen power canal; a concrete penstock headworks structure; four 5-foot-diameter, 280-foot-long welded steel penstocks; a 60-foot by 35-foot powerhouse; a 20-foot by 12-foot metal controlhouse; four 300-kilowatt vertical propeller turbine-generators; a 60-foot-wide, 25-foot-long earthen tailrace discharging into the Umatilla River; and a substation with transformer providing connection to electric transmission lines operated by Pacific Power and Light.

The existing hydroelectric facility at the site ceased operation in 2002 when its power purchase agreement ran out.

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