FERC readies review of North East Wisconsin hydro projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking scoping comments until July 23 on what should be in a planned environmental assessment on a pair of hydroelectric projects along the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

North East Wisconsin Hydro LLC applied in February 2013 for an original major license for the Menominee-Park Mill Hydroelectric Project, located on the Menominee River in Menominee County, Mich., and Marinette County, Wisc.

FERC said in a notice to be published in the June 27 Federal Register that the Menominee-Park Mill Project consists of two developments: the Menominee Development and the Park Mill Development.

  • The Park Mill Development includes 138-foot-long stone and brick powerhouse at the downstream end of the headrace canal with a total installed capacity of 2.375 MW, and a 4,430-foot-long, 24.900-kV transmission line from the Park Mill transformer to its interconnection with Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPSC);
  • The Park Mill Development includes a 204-foot-long concrete and brick powerhouse integral with the dam on the north side of the river with a total installed capacity of 2.240 MW, and a 575-foot-long, 24.9-kV transmission line from the Menominee transformer to its interconnection with WPSC.

The applicant contact is: Scott Klabunde, Senior VP of Operations, North American Hydro Holdings LLC, P.O. Box 167, 116 N State Street, Neshkoro, WI 54960, (920)293-4628 (Ext. 314).

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