FERC terminates permit for 70-MW hydro project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a March 17 order terminating a preliminary permit issued in August 2013 to Hydro Development LLC for the 70-MW Cascade Creek Hydroelectric Project.

Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on Feb. 9 that its third progress report was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. The permit was to cover three years of project feasibility work.

“The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled,” said the FERC notice. “The Director orders: (A) The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on April 16, 2015. But, if the Commission is closed on this day, then the permit is cancelled effective the close of business on the next day in which the Commission is open. No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective.”

The project was to be located on Swan Lake and Cascade Creek near Petersburg, Alaska. The project would include: the existing Swan Lake with surface area of 574 acres and useable storage capacity of 22,500 acre-feet; a 140-foot-long, 80-foot-wide concrete and metal powerhouse with three 23.3-MW vertical-shaft Pelton turbine units having a total installed capacity of 70 MW; and a 18.7-mile-long, 138-kV transmission line consisting of 10.5 miles of buried and/or submarine transmission line interconnecting with the existing Scow Bay substation. The estimated annual generation of the Cascade Creek Project would have been 200 gigawatt-hours.

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