FERC seeks comment on permit app for 30-MW Hawaii hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 16 put out for notice an Oct. 20,, 2014, application from South Maui Pumped Storage LLC for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the South Maui Pumped Storage Project, to be located on the Pacific Ocean in unincorporated Maui County, Hawaii.

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

The proposed project would consist of the following new features: four 400-foot-long, 200-foot-wide, 50-foot-high oval concrete storage tanks; a 12,000-foot-long, 4.5-foot-diameter buried steel penstock; a 150-foot-long, 68-foot-wide concrete powerhouse; (two 15-MW Pelton turbine/generators; three 10 MW multi-stage variable speed pumps; an approximately 400-foot-wide, 450-foot-long tailrace/forebay; a 12,000-foot-long, 4.5-foot-diameter buried steel supply pipeline; and two 28-kV transmission lines totaling 8,000 feet long, interconnecting with the existing Sempra Gas and Power-owned Auwahi wind turbine transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the South Maui Project would be 5.2 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Bart O’Keefe, United Power Corp., P.O. Box 1916, Discovery Bay, California 94505; phone: (510) 634-1550.

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 Jan. 16 notice.

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