Permit app withdrawn for 1,200-MW pumped storage project in Arkansas

Indian Blanket Water LLC told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 1 that it is withdrawing an April 26 application for a preliminary permit on a 1,200-MW pumped storage project in Arkansas because it recently found that the project would be located in a Wilderness Area.

“While undertaking activities and working with key stakeholders to determine the viability and feasibility of the proposed energy storage project, it was determined that the proposed site fell within a Wilderness Area,” said the company. “Due to the fact that the proposed site falls within a Wilderness Area, we are formally withdrawing our Application for P-14778-00 for a Preliminary Permit for a Pump Hydroelectric Storage Project.”

The preliminary permit application had been made in order that the applicant may secure and maintain priority of application for a license for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support for a license.

The project site is in Scott County and Polk County, Arkansas, on Price Creek. The project is entirely within the Ouachita National Forest. The project was to be made up of four 300-MW units.

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