FERC terminates permit for 30-MW pumped storage hydro project in Hawaii

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 20 issued an order terminating a preliminary permit that had been issued on April 6 to South Maui Pumped Storage LLC allowing the company three years to study the feasibility of the 30-MW South Maui Pumped Storage Project.

Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on Oct. 20 that its first progress report due on Oct. 1, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. “The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled,” said the Nov. 20 order.

The preliminary permit will be cancelled effective the close of business on Dec. 20. 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. No new applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days from the date of its issuance.

The 30-MW project was to be located on the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles southeast of the Town of Wailea in Maui County, Hawaii. It was to include two 15-MW Pelton turbine/generators, and two 28-kV transmission lines interconnecting with the existing Sempra Gas and Power-owned Auwahi Wind Farm transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the South Maui Project was to be 5.2 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Bart O’Keefe, United Power Corp., P.O. Box 1916, Discovery Bay, California 94505; phone: (510) 634-1550.

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