FERC seeks input on app for 7-MW Eagle Creek hydro project in Oregon

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 5 went out for comment on a March 14 application from Green Canyon Energy LLC for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Eagle Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Eagle Creek in Lane County, Oregon.

The proposed project boundary will occupy approximately 14.5 acres of federal land within the Willamette National Forest. 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 consist of these new features: a 40-foot-long, 9.5-foot-high concrete diversion weir traversing Eagle Creek; an approximately 0.7 acre-foot impoundment; an approximately 11,470-foot-long, 36-inch-diameter polyvinyl chloride pipe penstock; a 50-foot-long, 40-foot-wide concrete powerhouse; one Pelton turbine/generator with a total installed capacity of 7 MW; a tailrace comprised of a 50-foot-long, 60-inch steel pipe and a 350-foot-long and 25-foot-wide rip-rapped channel discharging flows from the powerhouse back to Eagle Creek; and an approximately 3,960-foot-long, 12.4-kV transmission line interconnecting with the existing Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the Eagle Creek Project would be 50 gigawatt-hours.

An applicant contact is: Mark A. Mikkelsen, 275 Knight Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97404, phone (541) 520-2233.

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 May 5 notice.

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