FERC terminates permit for California hydropower project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 11 terminated a preliminary permit for a 3-MW hydroelectric project in California after the developer failed to file a needed update report.

In January 2013, Archon Energy 1 Inc. was issued a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the Yuba River DaGuerre Point Dam 3 MW Hydropower Project. Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report every six months. The permittee was notified on Feb. 3 that its fourth progress report due on Dec. 31, 2014, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled.

FERC said the preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on April 10. But, if the commission is closed on that 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 Yuba River DaGuerre Point Dam 3 MW Hydropower Project was to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ DaGuerre Point Dam on the Yuba River near Marysville in Yuba County, Calif. The proposed project would consist of: a diversion structure and intake canal; a powerhouse containing eight 375-kW Archimedean screw turbine/generating units with a total capacity of 3 MW; a tailrace channel; and a 3,500-foot-long, 12-kV transmission line. It would have an average annual generation of 21,000 megawatt-hours.

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