FERC ends exploratory permit for small hydro project in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 10 terminated a preliminary permit issued in May 2014 to ECOsponsible Inc. to study the feasibility of the proposed Setting Pole Rapids Dam Hydro Project.

FERV noted: “Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on May 6, 2016, that its fourth progress report due on April 30, 2016, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled.

“The Director orders: (A) The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on July 10, 2016. But, if the Commission is closed on this day, then the permit is cancelled effective the close of business on the next day in which the Commission is open. No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective.”

ECOsponsible Inc. was studying a 1.5-MW hydro project in New York,, to be located on the Raquette River in Franklin County, near the Town of Tupper Lake. The proposed project was to consist of: three RivGen turbine generator units with a total installed capacity of 1,487 kilowatts to be installed downstream of the existing Setting Pole Rapids dam on the Raquette River; a shore power station housing two inverters to convert direct current to alternating current; and an overhead 1,450-foot-long, 46.1-kV transmission line extending from the project to an interconnection with National Grid.

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