FERC seeks comment on permit for 10-MW hydro project in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 7 went out for comment on a Nov. 18 application from OHP Energy LLC for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Applegate River Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project would be located on the Applegate River near Medford in Jackson County, Oregon. 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 utilize head from the existing Applegate dam, reservoir, and a low level intake pipe owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and consist of these new facilities: a multi-level withdrawal structure to withdraw water from the reservoir at centerline elevations of 1,933, 1,955 and 1,967 feet mean sea level; two 750-foot-long steel penstocks with diameters of 66-inches and 84-inches coupled with turbine shut-off valves at the intersection with the powerhouse and a bypass to the tailrace; a 55- by 55-foot powerhouse containing two vertical Francis turbine units rated for a total of capacity of 10 MW; two 20-foot-long integral steel draft tubes located within the powerhouse; a 40-foot-long, 40-foot-wide open channel concrete tailrace; an underground 15-mile-long, 35-kilovolt transmission line; and a substation.The estimated annual generation of the Applegate Project would be 28 gigawatthours.

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. 7 notice.

The applicant contact is: Rett Hubbard, Oregon Hydro Power Services LLC, 285, Oregon Ave., Suite 7, Creswell, OR 97426; phone: (541) 632-4706.