FERC seeks input on permit app for 11-MW hydro project in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 29 issued a notice about a January application from Whitewater Green Energy LLC for a preliminary permit that would allow it to study the feasibility of the proposed Whitewater Hydroelectric Project.

The project would be located on Russel and Whitewater Creeks near the town of Idanha in Marion and Linn counties, Oregon. The project would be located entirely on U.S. Forest Service lands.

The proposed project would consist of: a 9.5-foot-high, 40-foot-wide weir on Russell Creek; a 19,500-foot-long, 60-inch-diameter steel penstock; a 50-foot-long by 40-foot-wide concrete powerhouse containing one pelton turbine rated at 11 MW; a 160-foot-long, 72-inch-diameter tailrace discharging into Whitewater Creek; and an underground 2.25-mile-long, 12,000 kilovolt-amperes transmission line extending from the project to an outside transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the Whitewater Creek Project would be 95.04 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: David Harmon, P.E., 2532 Santiam Highway, Albany, Oregon, 97322; phone (541) 405-5236; dave@wwgreenenergy.com.

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 April 29 notice.

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