GreenVolt Hydro approved for permit on 5-MW Oregon project

GreenVolt Hydro LLC won a Jan. 7 approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit allowing its three years of exclusivity to look at the feasibility of a 5-MW hydro project in Oregon.

On June 20, 2014, GreenVolt Hydro filed an application for a preliminary permit on the proposed Two Girls Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Two Girls Creek near the city of Sweet Home in Linn County, Oregon. The proposed project would consist of the following new facilities: a weir with screened intake; a 19,365-foot-long, 30 to 36-inch-diameter high density polyethylene (HDPE) penstock; a 50 feet by 40 feet concrete block powerhouse with a single Pelton turbine/generator unit rated for 5 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 60-inch-diameter HDPE tailrace conduit; and an underground 7.2-mile-long, 12-kV transmission line connection to an existing transmission line.

The estimated annual generation of the project would be 36.87 gigawatt-hours. The project would occupy about 245.13 acres of U.S. Forest Service lands within the Willamette National Forest.

Noted the Jan. 7 permit approval: “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.”

The applicant contact is: Scott Shankland, Manager, GreenVolt Hydro LLC, 52 Galen Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035; phone (503) 504-2660.

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