FERC seeks input on BC Energy app on Alaska hydroelectric project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 16 put out for notice a Dec. 10 application from BC Energy LLC for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Bruskasna Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Bruskasna Creek in unincorporated Denali Borough, Alaska.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would consist of the following new features: a 50-foot-long, 10-foot-high concrete diversion weir traversing Bruskasna Creek; an approximately 10-acre-foot impoundment; a 13,500-foot-long, 2.5-foot-diameter steel penstock; a 25-foot-long, 35-foot-wide concrete powerhouse; a single 1.7-MW Pelton turbine/generator; a 34,000-foot-long, 15-kV transmission line interconnecting with an existing 15-kV Golden Valley Electric Association distribution line; and an approximately 46,000-foot-long access road. The estimated annual generation of the Bruskasna Creek Project would be 5.2 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Brent Smith, Northwest Power Services Inc., P.O. Box 872316, Wasilla, Alaska 99687; phone: (907) 414-8223.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this Dec. 16 notice.

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