FERC okays permit for 20-MW Blue River Hydro project in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 6 approved a July 1 application from Blue River Hydro Power LLC for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the 20-MW Blue River Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Blue River Dam on the Blue River near the town of Blue River in Lane County, Oregon.

The proposed project would utilize the existing Blue River Dam and would include these new features: a 12-foot-diameter, 500-foot-long steel liner pipe installed in the downstream portion of the existing dam outlet tunnel; a gatehouse containing two 7-foot-wide, 8-foot-high steel slidegates to regulate pipe pressure and release excess water; a 9-foot- to 12-foot-diameter, 600-foot-long steel penstock; a 70-foot-wide, 55-foot-long reinforced concrete powerhouse; two 10-MW vertical-shaft Francis turbine/generators for a total capacity of 20 MW; an approximately 40-foot-wide, 40-foot-long concrete tailrace returning flows to the Blue River; a switchyard; and a 2.5-mile-long, 12.5-kV buried transmission line interconnecting with Lane Electric Cooperative’s existing Blue River substation.

The estimated annual generation of the Blue River Project would be 50 gigawatt-hours.

Said the Nov. 6 FERC approval of this three-year permit: “During the course of the permit, the Commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application. The prefiling process begins with preparation of a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD) pursuant to sections 5.5 and 5.6 of the Commission’s regulations. The permittee must use the Integrated Licensing Process unless the Commission grants a request to use an alternative process (Alternative or Traditional Licensing Process). Such a request must accompany the NOI and PAD and set forth specific information justifying the request.”

A project contact is: Rett Hubbard, Oregon Hydro Power Services LLC, 285 E Oregon Ave. Ste 7, Creswell, OR 97426, Phone: 541-632-4706, ht.eng.svc@gmail.com.

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