FERC cancels permit for 20-MW Blue River Hydro project in Oregon

Due to the failure of the developer to provide a needed project update, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 22 terminated a preliminary permit issued in November 2015 to Blue River Hydro Power LLC to study the feasibility of the Blue River Hydroelectric Project in Oregon.

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. Said the Dec. 22 FERC order: “The permittee was notified on November 9, 2016, that its second progress report due on November 1, 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 preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on Jan. 21, 2017. 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. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days of Dec. 22.

The 20-MW Blue River Hydroelectric Project was to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Blue River Dam on the Blue River near the town of Blue River in Lane County, Oregon. The project would utilize the existing Blue River Dam and would include two 10-MW vertical-shaft Francis turbine/generators for a total capacity of 20 MW, and a 2.5-mile-long, 12.5-kV buried transmission line interconnecting with Lane Electric Cooperative’s existing Blue River substation. The estimated annual generation of the Blue River Project was 50 gigawatt-hours.

A project contact listed in the permit application materials was: Rett Hubbard, Oregon Hydro Power Services LLC, 285 E Oregon Ave. Ste 7, Creswell, OR 97426, Phone: 541-632-4706, ht.eng.svc@gmail.com.

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