FERC seeks comment on California hydro permit changes

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 25 put for 60 days of comment a July 2 application from Gridflex Energy LLC on behalf of Haiwee Ridge Hydro LLC for an amendment to its preliminary permit for a hydro project issued in March 2012.

The permit is for the proposed Haiwee Ridge Pumped Storage Project, to be located on the South Haiwee reservoir near the Town of Olancha in Inyo County, Calif. The preliminary permit was issued to maintain priority of application for a license during the term of the permit while the permittee secures data necessary to determine the feasibility of the proposed project and the alternatives it considers.

Each of the orginally permitted three alternatives would consist of a project with a total installed capacity of 500 MW.

As a result of preliminary investigations, the permittee now proposes to make the following changes to the issued permit: eliminate the lower reservoir from the New Reservoir Alternative; change the total installed capacity of Alternative B from 500 MW to 250 MW; and adjust the project boundary to remove the lands associated with the lower reservoir of the New Reservoir Alternative and to include additional federal lands necessary for the proposed project.

The applicant contact is: Matthew Shapiro, Haiwee Ridge Hydro LLC, 1210 W. Franklin St., Ste. 2, Boise, ID 83702; phone (208) 246-9925.

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