Wild Flower Water seeks extended permit for Okla. hydro project

Wild Flower Water LLC on July 28 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a two-year extension of a preliminary permit on a 1,200-MW pumped storage hydropower project in Oklahoma.

In May 2011, Wild Flower Water (WFW) was granted a three-year preliminary permit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to investigate the feasibility of a proposed pumped storage project in Pushmataha County, Okla.

“WFW has carried out activities under the Preliminary Permit in good faith and reasonable diligence toward filing a License Application for WFW project during the present term of the Preliminary Permit,” said the extension request. “The WFW has filed seven 6-month progress reports with the Commission during the preliminary permit period. On May 1, 2014 WFW filed a Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document (PAD) and a request to be considered for the Two-Year Licensing Process per Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Docket No. AD13-9-000 with the Commission.”

On May 27, the commission responded to WFW’s request for Two-Year Licensing stating that the project proposal was not sufficient to be considered a complete unit of development. On May 22, WFW’s representative spoke with Monte Terhaar of FERC staff who suggested that WFW’s PAD be re-filed and have a transmission company (transco), which will construct and operate the 120-mile-long, 340-kV primary transmission line, file a separate PAD for the transmission portion of the project. WFW said it is in discussions with several transcos and will determine which to use shortly.

This project would consist of upper and lower off-stream, closed-loop reservoirs. As currently designed, four turbine-generators would provide an installed capacity of 1,200 MW, allowing for an estimated annual energy generation of 4,300 gigawatt hours.

The project contact is: Fred Brown, P.E., Wild Flower Water LLC, 4265 Kellway Circle, Addison, TX 75001, (972) 230-0707.

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