Company seeks FERC license exemption for up-to-10-MW hydro project in Rhode Island

JAL Hydro LLC applied May 13 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an exemption from FERC licensing on behalf of Water Street Land LLC, the entity that holds all of the real property interests in the lands necessary to develop and operate the project, which is located in Rhode Island.

JAL asked for the surrender of a preliminary permit granting license application priority to JAL Hydro and to expedite to the full extent permissible the granting of the exemption from Federal Power Act requirements to Water Street Land, so that the project can be constructed and begin generation of electricity by the end of 2015.

JAL Hydro said it has been very proactive through this whole process and believes all questions that arose during the public hearings and consultation with various regulatory agencies, both state and federal, have been answered. The project has already been granted its State Water Quality Certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and concurrently the necessary U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizations under Section 404. Similarly, the recommended conditions identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Services are incorporated into the proposed project.

“We believe that all regulatory agencies and stakeholders can reasonably be asked to provide their final concurrence with the granting of this Exemption within the minimum timelines permissible by law,” said the application.

The company contact is: Robert Cioe, 401-954-4178, bcioe@jalhydro.com.

The Pawtuxet River flows over the Natick Pond Dam from West to East. The dam is bordered on the northern bank by the granite foundations of an old mill building and on the southern bank by a steep rocky embankment. The dam was constructed in approximately 1886. The dam has been classified “High Hazard” by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Dam Safety Program. The northern bank features the remains of two former mill buildings and their associated hydropower intake canals and tailraces.

Two identical Archimedes Screw-type turbines are proposed for this project. This Natick Pond Dam Hydroelectric Project is proposed to have an installed capacity of 10 NW or less.

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