Black Canyon Hydro seeks extension on 25-MW project

Black Canyon Hydro LLC applied on July 31 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a two-year extension of a preliminary permit for the 25-MW Black Canyon Hydroelectric Project in Washington state.

The original preliminary permit was issued in October 2011 and expires on Sept. 31, 2014. The permit allows the company an exclusive period to look at project feasibility.

The company said that during the current permit term, it has diligently pursued licensing of the proposed project by meeting milestones required as part of FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process. Selected milestones include filing a Pre-Application Document, developing a proposed and revised study plan, and submitting an Initial Study Report.

The proposed project and associated facilities is located in King County, Wash., approximately four miles northeast of the City of North Bend. The North Fork Snoqualmie River is a tributary of the Snoqualmie River.

The project has a proposed generating capacity of 25 MW and is located predominantly on private lands. The combined maximum hydraulic capacity of the four project turbines will be 900 cubic feet per second (cfs). The run-of-river project will divert water from an approximately 2.7-mile-section of the North Fork.

The company contact is: Chris Spens, Licensing Manager, Black Canyon Hydro LLC, 1800 James Street, Suite 201, Bellingham, Washington 98225, Phone: (360) 738-9999, Email:

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