Oklahoma city wants to surrender FERC licenses for unbuilt hydroelectric projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 20 went out for comment on a Dec. 21 application from the city of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, to surrender the license for a 4-MW hydro project it never built.

This is called the Broken Bow Re-regulation Dam Hydropower Project, to have been located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Broken Bow Re-regulation Dam on the Little River near the town of Broken Bow in McCurtain County. The deadline for filing comments, interventions and protests is 30 days from the issuance date of this Jan. 20 notice.

The project license approved these new facilities: three steel 93.5-foot-long penstocks inside the 10-foot-diameter outlet conduit; trashracks; a 112-foot-wide by 23-foot-long powerhouse containing three generating units having a total installed capacity of 4 MW; a tailrace returning flows to the Little River; and a 1,891-foot-long, 13.5-kV primary transmission line.

“On December 21, 2015, the City of Broken Bow, Oklahoma filed an application to surrender the license for the unconstructed Broken Bow Re-Regulation Dam Hydropower Project,” FERC noted. “In its filing, the licensee states the project is not financially feasible or constructible because it is unable to enter into a power sales agreement to sell project energy.”

FERC on Jan. 20 also issued a companion notice about a Dec. 21 application from Broken Bow to surrender the license on the Pine Creek Lake Dam Hydropower Project. The unconstructed project was licensed to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pine Creek Lake Dam on the Little River near the town of Broken Bow. Again, the deadline for filing comments, interventions and protests is 30 days from the issuance date of this Jan. 20 notice.

The unconstructed project is authorized to be located on the downstream side of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pine Creek Lake Dam. The project license approved these new facilities: a 130-foot-wide by 23-foot-long outlet structure connecting to an existing 13-foot-diameter outlet conduit; a steel liner inside the 13-foot-diameter outlet conduit; a 112-foot-wide by 73-foot-long powerhouse containing two generating units having a total installed capacity of 6.4 MW; a tailrace returning flows to the Little River; and a 0.7-mile-long, 14.4- kV primary transmission line.

“On December 21, 2015, the City of Broken Bow, Oklahoma filed an application to surrender the license for the unconstructed Pine Creek Lake Dam Hydropower Project,” said FERC. “In its filing, the licensee states the project is not financially feasible or constructible because it is unable to enter into a power sales agreement to sell project energy.”

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