[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 22, 2011)]
[Pages 9770-9771]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-3884]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 12966-002]

Utah Board of Water Resources Notice of Successive Preliminary 
Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions 
To Intervene, and Competing Applications

    On February 1, 2011, the Utah Board of Water Resources filed an 
application for a successive preliminary permit, pursuant to section 
4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility 
of the Lake Powell Pipeline Project (project) to be located on Lake 
Powell, the Colorado River and Sand Hollow reservoir, in Kane, 
Washington, and Iron Counties, Utah, and Coconino and Mohave Counties, 
Arizona. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to 
grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during 
the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit 
holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter 
upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express 
    The proposed pipeline project would consist of building and 
operating 139 miles of 69-inch-diameter pipeline and penstock; 35 miles 
of 48- to 30-inch-diameter pipeline; 6 miles of 24-inch-diameter 
pipeline; a combined conventional peaking and pumped storage hydro 
station; five conventional in-line hydro stations; and transmission 
lines on federal, state, and private lands in Kane, Washington, and 
Iron counties, Utah, and in Coconino and Mohave Counties, Arizona.
    Starting at Lake Powell, a water intake would convey water from the 
Bureau of Reclamation's Lake Powell up to a high point within the Grand 
Staircase-Escalante National Monument. From there, the water would go 
through a series of hydroelectric turbines, ending at Sand Hollow 
reservoir, near St. George, Utah. To serve Iron County, the project 
includes another pipeline, the Cedar Valley Pipeline System, from the 
Hurricane Cliffs afterbay reservoir to Cedar Valley in Iron County, 
    The applicant proposes to study the generating capacity and energy 
storage options into the development phase and these will need to be 
optimized to best suit the physical site and electrical system 
conditions. At present, the following energy generation components are 
being studied: (1) An inline single unit, 1-megawatt (MW) facility at 
Hydro Station 1 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; (2) 
an inline single unit, 1.7-MW facility at Hydro Station 2 east of 
Colorado City, Arizona; (3) an inline single unit, 1-MW facility in 
Hildale City, Utah; (4) an inline single unit, 1.7-MW facility above 
the Hurricane Cliffs forebay reservoir; (5) a 2-unit, 300-MW (150 MW 
each unit) hydroelectric pumped storage development at Hurricane 
Cliffs, with the forebay and afterbay sized to provide ten hours of 
continuous 300-MW output; (6) a single unit, 35-MW conventional energy 
recovery generation unit built within the Hurricane Cliffs development; 
and (7) a single unit, 5-MW facility at the existing Sand Hollow 
    Applicant Contact: Mr. Eric Millis, Utah Board of Water Resources, 
1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, phone (801) 528-7250, 
and John H. Clements, Van Ness Feldman, 1050 Jefferson Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20007-3877, phone (202) 298-1800.
    FERC Contact: Jim Fargo; phone: (202) 502-6095.
    Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing 
applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file 
competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. 
Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements 
of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and 
competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. 
See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's 
Web site http://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 http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information 
at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online 
Support at [email protected] 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 original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, 
Federal Energy

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Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426.
    More information about this project, including a copy of the 
application, can be viewed or printed on the ``eLibrary'' link of 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. 
Enter the docket number (P-12966-002) in the docket number field to 
access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: February 15, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2011-3884 Filed 2-18-11; 8:45 am]