FERC seeks delayed data on 1,000-MW pumped storage project in Utah

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 11 sent a letter to Symbiotics LLC asking for missing information related to a November 2011 application for a license on the 1,000-MW Parker Knoll Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Utah.

FERC said in the letter that in August 2013, agency staff spoke with the project manager for applicant Parker Knoll Hydro LLC, and reminded him that we had not yet received needed cultural resources information and that failure to do so would likely delay the commission’s ready for environmental analysis (REA) notice.

In September 2013, the company filed the information requested on sage grouse, but did not include any of the cultural resources information. On Jan. 23, FERC attempted to contact the project manager via telephone and email to determine the status of the cultural information. To date, he has not responded. “On February 5, 2014, we attempted to contact you via telephone and discovered that the phone number listed in your license application is no longer in service,” the FERC letter added.

“We have all of the information needed for our environmental review except the required cultural resources information,” FERC wrote. “It is unclear whether you have this information or intend to collect it at some point. This outstanding issue, and our inability to contact you, raise questions as to your interest in pursuing this project. Therefore, within 15 days of the receipt of this letter, please either file the requisite information or show cause why we should not dismiss your application. Should you continue to pursue the project and no longer wish to be designated as a project contact, please amend your application to include the correct information for each person authorized to act as agent for the applicant.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July 2011 issued a revised environmental scoping document related to this license application. The project would be located at Parker Mountain and eastern Grass Valley in Piute County, Utah. The project would occupy 458.7 acres of federal land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Parker Knoll project would be operated as a closed-loop pumped storage system, cycling water between two newly constructed reservoirs, with an initial fill and periodic maintenance fills from the existing Otter Creek reservoir. It would have a total capacity of about 1,000 MW and an annual energy production of around 2,630 gigawatt-hours (GWh). Approximately one mile of 345-kV transmission line would connect the project substation to an existing 230-kV transmission line alignment.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.