FERC seeks input on permit for 20-MW California hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a May 1 notice that it is taking comment on a December 2013 application from Archon Energy 1 Inc. for a preliminary permit on the Stony Creek Hydropower Project.

This project is to be located on Stony Creek near the city of Orland in Glenn County, Calif. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: a 650-feet-wide and up to 7-feet-high concrete diversion structure; a 6-mile-long penstock that would feed up to five, 1-mile-long pressurized, reinforced concrete pipes creating approximately 125 feet of head; a powerhouse, containing up to four turbine-generators with 20 MW of total capacity; and an undefined interconnection point to the grid within five to eight miles of the proposed powerhouse. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 100,000 megawatt-hours.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this May 1 notice.

The applicant contact is: Paul Grist, President, Archon Energy 1 Inc., 101 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 2800, Tampa, Florida 33602; phone: (415) 377-2460.

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