FERC terminates permit for 20-MW hydro project in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 20 issued a notice of termination of a preliminary permit issued in August 2014 to Archon Energy 1 Inc. to study the feasibility of the 20-MW Stony Creek Hydropower Project in California.

“The permittee was notified on April 14, 2015, that its first progress report due on January 31, 2015, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days,” said FERC. The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled. The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on June 20, 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, 18 C.F.R. § 385.2007(a)(2) (2014). No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective.”

This project was to be located on Stony Creek near the city of Orland in Glenn County, Calif. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would have consisted of: a 650-feet-wide and up to 7-feet-high concrete diversion structure; a 6-mile-long penstock that would feed up to five, 1-mile-long pressurized, reinforced concrete pipes creating approximately 125 feet of head; a powerhouse, containing up to four turbine-generators with 20 MW of total capacity; and an undefined interconnection point to the grid within five to eight miles of the proposed powerhouse. The estimated annual generation of the project was 100,000 megawatt-hours.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.