FERC seeks input on Alpine permit app for hydroelectric project in Montana

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Feb. 17 notice about a Jan. 22 application from Alpine Pacific Utilities LLC for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Fresno Dam Site Water Power Project, to be located in Hill County, Montana, near the town of Kremlin at the existing Bureau of Reclamation Fresno Dam located on the Milk River.

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.

The proposed project would utilize the existing outlet structure on Fresno Dam. It would consist of these new facilities: a 48-inch-diameter, 100-foot-long bifurcated penstock leading from the existing outlet works; a powerhouse containing two turbines/generating units with a combined installed capacity of 1.348 MW; a tailrace discharging flows into the existing dam spillway; a transformer in a 25-square-foot switchyard; and an approximately one-mile-long, 12.74-kV overhead transmission line connecting to existing Hill County Electric and Northwest Electric transmission systems. The project would have an average annual generation of 4,700 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Justin D. Ahmann, Alpine Pacific Utilities LLC, 111 Legend Trail, Kalispell, MT 59901.

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 Feb. 17 notice.

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