FERC grants permit to Glacial Energy to study 75-MW hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 16 granted a three-year preliminary permit to Glacial Energy LLC, allowing exclusive time to study the feasibility of a 75-MW hydro project in Alaska.

On Sept. 19, Glacial Energy filed an application for a preliminary permit for the proposed Talkeetna River Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Talkeetna River near the city of Talkeetna, Alaska.

The proposed project would consist of the following new facilities: a 2,300-foot-long, 370-foot-high dam located at an elevation of 970 feet mean sea level on the Talkeetna River; a 4,454-acre reservoir with a storage capacity of 865,000 acre feet; a 1,500-foot-long, 50-foot-wide, 20-foot-tall concrete open channel spillway exiting downstream from the dam; a 2,700-foot-long, 12-foot-diameter steel penstock; a 75-foot long, 125-foot-wide powerhouse with three Francis turbine units rated for 25 MW each for a total of 75 MW; a 100-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep, 35-foot long concrete tailrace emptying into the Talkeetna River; an 11-mile, 69-kV transmission line; and a substation. The estimated annual generation of the Talkeetna River Project would be 311 gigawatt-hours.

FERC noted: “During the course of the permit, the Commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application. The prefiling process begins with preparation of a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) pursuant to sections 5.5 and 5.6 of the Commission’s regulations. The permittee must use the Integrated Licensing Process unless the Commission grants a request to use an alternative process (Alternative or Traditional Licensing Process). Such a request must accompany the NOI and PAD and set forth specific information justifying the request.”

A project contact is: Brent Smith, Northwest Power Services Inc., P.O. Box 872316, Wasilla, Alaska, 99687, Phone: 907-414-8223, Email: bsmith@nwpwrservices.com.

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