UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Nushagak Electric and Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Project No.14356-000 NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY PERMIT APPLICATION ACCEPTED FOR FILING ANDSOLICITING COMMENTS, MOTIONS TO INTERVENE, AND COMPETINGAPPLICATIONS (February 16, 2012) On January 25, 2012, the Nushagak Electric and TelephoneCooperative, Inc. filed an application for a preliminary permit,pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposingto study the feasibility of the Dillingham Area HydroelectricProject (Dillingham Project or project) to be located on Elva Creekand Grant River, near the town of Dillingham, Bristol Bay Borough,Alaska. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grantthe permit holder priority to file a license application during thepermit term. |
A preliminary permit does not authorize the permitholder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enterupon lands or waters owned by others without the owners expresspermission. The proposed project has two developments. The totalinstalled capacity of both developments would be 3.2 megawatts (MW)and the total estimated annual generation of the Dillingham Projectwould be 20.057 gigawatt-hours (GWh). Lake Elva Development The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) a50-foot-long, 10-foot-high rock-fill diversion dam constructed onthe outlet of Lake Elva; (2) a 4,100-foot-long, 4-foot-diameterlake tap pipeline; (3) a 3,200-foot-long, 3- to 3.5-foot-diameterpenstock leading from the lake tap pipeline to the powerhouse; (4)a powerhouse containing two 0.75-MW Francis turbine/generatorunits; (5) a 40-foot-long, 20-foot-wide tailrace discharging flowsfrom the powerhouse into Elva Creek; (6) a 49-mile-long,34.5-kilovolt (kV) transmission line extending from the projectpowerhouse to a new substation approximately 5 miles north ofDillingham; (7) an approximately 3-mile-long access road; and (8)appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the LakeElva development would be 7.927 GWh.
Grant Lake Development The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) a900-foot-long, 20-foot-high rock-fill diversion dam constructed onthe outlet of Grant Lake (main dam); (2) a 1-mile-long,20-foot-high diversion canal excavated approximately 1-mile-northof the main dam; (3) a 300-foot-long, 20-foot-high rock-filldiversion dam constructed at the terminus of the diversion canal;(4) an intake structure on the diversion dam leading to a5,000-foot-long, 5-foot-diameter pipeline; (5) a 3,100-foot-long,4-foot-diameter penstock leading from the pipeline to thepowerhouse; (6) a powerhouse containing a 1.7-MW Turgoturbine/generator unit; (7) a 40-foot-long, 20-foot-wide tailracedischarging flows from the powerhouse into Grant River; (8) a46-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line extending from the projectpowerhouse to a new substation approximately 5 miles north ofDillingham; (9) an approximately 2.5-mile-long access road; and(10) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of theGrant Lake development would be 12.13 GWh. Applicant Contact: Mr. Mike Megli, CEO/General Manager, NushagakElectric & Telephone Cooperative, Inc., 557 Kenny Wren Road,P.O.
Box 350, Dillingham, AK 99576; phone: (907) 842-6315. FERC Contact: Jennifer Harper; phone: (202) 502-6136. Deadline forfiling comments, motions to intervene, competing applications(without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competingapplications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet therequirements of 18 CFR 4.36.
Comments, motions to intervene,notices of intent, and competing applications may be filedelectronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) andthe instructions on the Commission s website www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp . Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters,without prior registration, using the eComment system at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp . You must include your name and contact information at the end ofyour comments.
For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing,documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an originaland seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. More information about this project, including a copy of theapplication, can be viewed or printed on the "eLibrary" link ofCommission's website at www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp.
Enter the docket number (P-14356) in the docket number field toaccess the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
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