On Jan. 14, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission went out for comment on an October 2015 application from the City of Springfield, Massachusetts, for a preliminary permit, good for three years, under which it would study the feasibility of the Watershops Pond Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Mill River near Springfield in Hampden County, Mass.
The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder an exclusive priority to file a license application during the permit term. .
The proposed project would consist of: the existing 105-foot-long, 32-foot-high, concrete and masonry gravity Watershops Pond dam; an existing 198-acre impoundment with a normal maximum water surface elevation of 155 feet above mean sea level; a new 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide steel penstock; a new 100-foot-long, 30-foot-wide powerhouse containing a single turbine generator unit with an installed capacity of 145 kW; and a new 800-foot-long, 0.48-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated average annual energy generation of 707 megawatt-hours.
The applicant contact is: Peter J. Garvey, Director, Department of Capital Asset Construction, 36 Court Street, Room 312, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103; phone (413) 787-6445.
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. 14 notice.