FERC seeks input on permit app for up-to-1,000-MW Ute Pumped Storage Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 15 put out for notice a December 2015 application from the Ute Indian Tribe for a preliminary permit, under which it would study the feasibility of the Ute Pumped Storage Project, to be located adjacent to the Bureau of Reclamation’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Daggett County, Utah.

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 pumped storage project would consist of: an intake and discharge structure at one of seven locations in Flaming Gorge Reservoir; an underground tailrace between the reservoir intake/outlet structure and the powerhouse; pump-turbine units in an underground powerhouse with generation capacity of 500 MW to 1,000 MW; a penstock between the powerhouse and the upper reservoir; a dam at one of seven locations forming the upper reservoir; an upper reservoir at one of seven locations with a capacity between 5,000 and 10,000 acre-feet at an elevation between 6,800 and 7,500 feet above mean sea level; and a transmission line from the powerhouse to the nearest major transmission interconnection.

The estimated annual generation of the Ute Project would be between 400 and 850 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Shaun Chapoose, Chairman, Ute Tribal Business Committee, Ute Indian Tribe, P. O. Box 190, Fort Duchesne, Utah 84026, phone: (435) 722-5141.

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 June 15 notice.

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