On Oct. 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice about an Aug. 20 application from Empire State Hydro 301 LLC for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the 1.5-MW Diamond Mills Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Diamond Mills Dam on Esopus Creek in Saugerties, Ulster County, New York.
The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.
The proposed project would consist of: an 140-acre impoundment with a normal volume of 826 acre-feet; an existing 350-foot-long, 32-foot-high concrete gravity dam with a spillway length of 340 feet; an existing 30-foot-long, 9-foot-high auxiliary spillway; an existing 10-foot-long, 6-foot-diameter penstock; two new 750-kW turbines; a new 50-foot-long, 30-foot-wide powerhouse; and a new 300-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the Diamond Mills Project would be 5,300 megawatt-hours.
The applicant contact is: Mark Boumansour, Empire State Hydro 301 LLC, c/o Gravity Renewables Inc., 1401 Walnut Street, Suite 220, Boulder, CO 80302; phone: (303) 440-3378.
The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this Oct. 15 notice.