FERC seeks input on app for 29-MW Palo Verde hydro project in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 9 went out for comment on a recent application from Palo Verde Power for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Palo Verde Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Colorado River near Blythe in Riverside County, California.

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. A license application would be needed to take the project further.

The proposed project would be located near the existing discharge channel north of the Palo Verde Irrigation District’s Palo Verde diversion dam. The applicant proposes to generate power by bypassing the releases the irrigation district now makes through the discharge channel’s gates into the project’s new penstock. The project would consist of: a new 30-foot-long concrete and steel penstock; a new 45-foot-long, 45-foot-wide powerhouse containing a single turbine generator unit with an installed capacity of 29 MW; a tailrace discharging powerhouse flows to the existing diversion spill area; and less than a mile of 161-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated average annual energy generation of 161 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Michael Blakey, Palo Verde Power, 9734 Diablo Vista Ave., Galt, CA 95632, phone: (209) 251-3105.

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 Jan. 19 notice.

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