FERC seeks input on 1.5-MW Pine Creek hydro project in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a July 28 notice about a Feb. 12 application for a minor license from Pine Creek Mine LLC for the Pine Creek Mine Tunnel Hydroelectric Project.

The project is located at the Pine Creek Mine, adjacent to Morgan and Pine creeks in Inyo County, California. The project’s mine access tunnel, mine plug, mine water storage cavity, penstock, generator, and most of its primary transmission line would be located under approximately 60 acres of federal land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

The applicant contact is: Craig Rossell, 228 West Bonita Avenue, Claremont, California 91711, (909) 482-1000.

The deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions is 60 days from the issuance date of this notice. Reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice.

The proposed Pine Creek Tunnel Hydroelectric Project would utilize the groundwater discharge of Pine Creek Mine and consist of: the existing Pine Creek Mine site, mine entrance tunnels, mine shafts, and concrete plug; an existing 30-foot-long steel pipe that runs through the concrete plug, to be used as a proposed penstock; a proposed Pelton turbine generating unit located in the mine tunnel with a total installed capacity of 1.5 MW; a proposed underground power line that would run approximately 2,500 feet from the generating unit to the mine portal; and another proposed 60-foot-long transmission line from the mine portal to an existing substation on the mine site. The project would have an average annual generation of 5.6 gigawatt-hours.

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