FERC setting up review process on small hydrokinetic project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in an April 23 notice that the Igiugig Village Council in Alaska has filed a notice of intent to apply for an original license on the Igiugig Hydrokinetic Project, to be located on the Kvichak River in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, near the town of Igiugig.

The project would consist of: an in-stream 20-kW, 64-foot-long, 11-foot-high, 43-foot-wide pontoon-mounted RivGen Power System Turbine Generator Unit (TGU) in Phase 1; an additional in-stream 20-kW pontoon-mounted TGU in Phase 2; two anchoring systems consisting of a 13,000-pound anchor, chain, shackles, and 150 feet of mooring; a 375-foot-long, coated and weighted combined power, data, and environmental monitoring cable from the TGU for Phase 1; and a 675-foot-long cable from the TGU for Phase 2; and an existing 10-foot-long by 8-foot-wide shore station for housing project electronics and controls. The project is estimated to have an annual generation of 409,504 kilowatt-hours per year.

The pre-filing process will be conducted uner the following tentative schedule. Revisions to the schedule below may be made based on staff’s review of the draft application and any comments received. Comments on pre-filing materials are due by May 23, with a June 7 deadline to issue a notice of any meeting, and a June 22 public meeting (if needed).

The applicant contact is: Nathan Johnson, Ocean Renewable Power Co., 66 Pearl Street, Suite 301, Portland, Maine 04101, (207) 772-7707.

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