FERC okays permit for 7-MW Eagle Creek hydro project in Oregon

On July 7, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a March 14 application from Green Canyon Energy LLC for a preliminary permit, under which it has up to three years of exclusive time to study the feasibility of the proposed Eagle Creek Hydroelectric Project.

The Eagle Creek project is to be located on Eagle Creek about 12 miles southeast from the town of Oakridge in Lane County, Oregon. The proposed project boundary will occupy about 14.5 acres of federal land within the Willamette National Forest.

The project would consist of these new facilities: 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 50-foot-long, 60-inch steel pipe and 350-foot-long, 25-foot-wide rip-rapped channel tailrace 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.

During the course of the permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.

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

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