FERC seeks comment on Oregon hydro license application

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 24 issued a notice that it has accepted and is taking comment on an April 2013 license application from the Warm Springs Irrigation District for the Warm Springs Dam Hydroelectric Project.

This project is to be located on the Malheur River near the Town of Juntura in Malheur County, Oregon. The project would utilize the existing Warm Springs dam and reservoir, which is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and would occupy 13.5 acres of land administered by the U.S Bureau of Land Management.

The proposed project would consist of the following new facilities: a new steel liner fitted into one of the outlets; new trashrack at the entrance to the existing outlet works; a 3.5-foot-long, 6-to-8-foot-diameter steel increaser section attached to the liner to transition the outlet into an 8-foot-diameter steel penstock; a 150-foot-long increaser/penstock assembly to convey water to the new powerhouse located in the stilling basin below the dam; a new 4-foot-diameter fixed cone bypass valve upstream of the powerhouse; a 150-foot-long, 8-foot-diameter steel penstock; a powerhouse containing one 2.7-MW Francis or Kaplan turbine; and a 2.2-mile-long, 25-kV transmission line. The average annual generation is estimated to be 7.442 gigawatt-hours.

The project contact is: Randy Kinney, Warm Springs Irrigation District, 334 Main Street North, Vale, OR 97918, (541) 473-3951.

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