Twin Lakes Canal seeks Idaho approval for 10-MW hydro project

Twin Lakes Canal Co. on April 8 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a copy of an application it sent the same day to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on a 10-MW hydro project.

The company is asking the state agency for a 401 Certification for the proposed Bear River Narrows Hydroelectric Project. The project is also subject to a FERC license application.

The project would include: a new roller compacted concrete dam on the Bear River; a new 4.5 mile-long reservoir behind the dam; a powerhouse at the base of the dam containing two 5-MW vertical Francis turbine/generator units; a new 0.1-acre electrical substation near the powerhouse; and a 0.74-mile-long, 46-kV transmission line from the substation to the point of interconnect with an existing PacifiCorp transmission line.

Water flows through the Bear River Narrows Project site would be governed by releases from the upstream Oneida Dam, which is operated by PacifiCorp under a FERC license.

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

The developer’s authorized representative is: Nicholas Josten, GeoSense, 2742 Saint Charles Avenue, Idaho Falls, ID 83404, (208) 528-6152.

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