FERC adds two years to permit for 1,200-MW hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 6 extended by two years a preliminary permit for Wild Flower Water LLC for a 1,200-mw pumped storage hydro project in Oklahoma.

On July 29, Wild Flower Water filed an application for a two-year extension of its existing, three-year preliminary permit for the proposed Wild Flower Water Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Kiamichi River near the town of Clayton in Pushmataha County, Okla.

Section 5(b) of the Federal Power Act states that a preliminary permit term can be extended once for not more than two additional years if the commission finds that the permittee has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence.

Wild Flower has filed five progress reports indicating that it has been seeking users of the power and exploring potential financial sources. On May 1, 2014, Wild Flower filed a notice of intent (NOI) and pre-application document (PAD) for the project and a request to be considered for the Two-Year Licensing Process. On May 27, the commission denied Wild Flower’s request to use the Two-Year Process, in part because of deficiencies in the PAD and its consultation efforts.

“Wild Flower’s efforts to pursue the two-year licensing process suggest that it is making progress in pursuing a development application and a development application may be filed within the requested two-year permit extension,” FERC ruled. “Therefore, upon review of the application for extension, progress reports submitted under the preliminary permit, and the filed NOI/PAD, Wild Flower has demonstrated that it has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence. Therefore, the request for extension of the preliminary permit term is granted.”

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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