FERC seeks input on license app for Oregon hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 11 put up for public notice an original major license application from Baker County, Oregon, for a 3.4-MW hydro project.

The application was filed on April 30, 2013, and revised on Dec. 5, 2013. This is for the Mason Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Powder River at the existing U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mason dam near Baker City in Baker County, Oregon.

The proposed project includes: a 6-foot diameter, 105-foot-long steel penstock; a 40-foot by 28-foot powerhouse containing a single horizontal shaft Francis turbine with an installed capacity of 3.4 MW; an approximately 0.8-mile-long, 12.47-kV overhead transmission line along Black Mountain Road; and a substation at the interconnection point with an existing Idaho Power 138-kV transmission line.

The deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests, comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary prescriptions is 60 days from the issuance of the Aug. 11 notice.

The applicant contact is: Fred Warner Jr., Baker County Board of Commissioners Chairman, 1995 Third Street, Baker City, OR 97814, (541) 523-8200.

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