FERC seeks input on license for 5-MW California hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 29 issued a notice seeking comment on an April 21 major original license application from Rugraw LLC for a 5-MW hydro project in California.

This is the Lassen Lodge Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the South Fork Battle Creek, near the Town of Mineral in Tehama County, Calif. The proposed project consists of: a 6-foot-high and 94-foot-long diversion dam; an impoundment; a 20-by-10 foot enclosed concrete intake structure; a 7,258-foot-long pipeline and a 5,230-foot-long penstock with a net head of 791 feet; a 50-by-50 foot powerhouse containing one generating unit with a 5,000-kilowatt capacity; a 50-by 50-foot substation area; a 40-by-35 foot switchyard; and a new 12-mile-long, 60-kV transmission line. The project is estimated to produce about 25,000,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

The procedural schedule from here includes a target of October 2014 to issue a scoping document for comment, a January 2015 notice that the application is for environmental analysis, and a notice of availability of the final environmental assessment issued in October 2015.

The applicant contact is: Charlie Kuffner, 70 Paseo Mirasol, Tiburon, CA 94920; (415) 652-8553.

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