FERC extends permit on 25-MW Washington hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 10 agreed to extend by two years a preliminary permit for Black Canyon Hydro LLC so the company can continue to study the feasibility of a 25-MW project in Washington state.

On July 31, Black Canyon Hydro filed an application for a two-year extension of its existing preliminary permit for the proposed Black Canyon Hydroelectric Project, which had been issued in October 2011, and was due to expire on Sept. 31, 2014.

The proposed project would be located on the North Fork Snoqualmie River near North Bend in King County, Washington. The project has a proposed generating capacity of 25 MW. 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.

Section 5(b) of the Federal Power Act states that a preliminary permit term can beextended 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. Since the issuance of the permit, Black Canyon Hydro has: filed a notice of intent to file a license application and a pre-application document initiating the commission’s Integrated Licensing Process; consulted with tribes in the area; participated in scoping meetings; filed proposed and revised study plans; conducted one year of studies; and started the groundwater study in the second study season.

“Upon review of the application for extension, as well as the progress reports submitted under the preliminary permit, Black Canyon Hydro has demonstrated that it has carried out activities under the permit in good faith and with reasonable diligence,” FERC ruled. “Therefore, the request for an extension of the preliminary permit term is granted. It is expected that during the remaining term of the permit, as extended, a preliminary licensing proposal and license application will be prepared.”

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: cspens@tollhouseenergy.com.

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