[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 205 (Monday, October 24, 2011)]
[Pages 65719-65720]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27428]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. P-14263-000]

Wyco Power and Water, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit 
Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To 
Intervene, and Competing Applications

    On September 1, 2011, Wyco Power and Water, Inc. filed an 
application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the 
Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the 
Regional Watershed Supply Project. The project would consist of 
hydropower development along a proposed 501-mile-long buried water 
supply pipeline that would extend from two points of diversion in 
Wyoming (one from the Green River and one from Flaming Gorge Reservoir) 
to a storage terminus near Pueblo, Colorado. The pipeline would be 
located in Adams, Arapahoe, Elbert, El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, and Weld 
Counties in Colorado; and Albany, Carbon, Laramie, and Sweetwater 
Counties in Wyoming.
    The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant 
the permit holder priority to file a license application for its 
proposed hydroelectric facilities during the permit term. Because the 
Commission would only have jurisdiction with regard to the proposed 
hydroelectric development, only one component of the proposed 501-mile-
long water supply pipeline project, construction of substantial parts 
of this proposed pipeline may require permits from other federal 
    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 permission.
    The proposed project would direct water obtained from the Green 
River basin to southeastern Wyoming and the Front Range of Colorado for 
use by municipalities, agriculture, and hydropower. Along the pipeline 
route, the project would include two pumped storage hydroelectric 
developments and five conventional hydropower developments, with a 
total installed capacity of about 550 megawatts (MW). The project would 
consist of the following: (1) A water withdrawal facility on Flaming 
Gorge reservoir and a second facility on the Green River; (2) about 
nine natural-gas-powered pump stations; (3) about 501 miles of buried 
pipeline (between 72 and 120 inches in diameter); (4) the 240-MW Lake 
Hattie Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Development, using a new reservoir 
on Sheep Mountain as the upper reservoir and the existing Lake Hattie 
reservoir as the lower reservoir; (5) the 240-MW Wild Horse Canyon 
Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Development, with a new 10,300 acre-foot 
upper reservoir and a new lower reservoir; (6) five conventional 14-MW 
in-line hydroelectric developments; and (7) seven proposed transmission 
lines, about 30.59 miles in length, extending

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from the switchyards near the seven proposed powerhouses to the 
interconnected system.
    For water distribution purposes, the project would also include 
four reservoirs: (1) The proposed Cactus Hill Reservoir (185,000 acre-
feet in capacity), near Fort Collins, Colorado; (2) the proposed T-
Cross Reservoir (25,000 acre-feet in capacity) in El Paso County, 
Colorado; (3) a new reservoir along the western part of the pipeline 
system to manage withdrawals from the Green River; and (4) a terminus 
reservoir near Pueblo, Colorado.
    Applicant Contact: Aaron Million, Wyco Power and Water, Inc., 1436 
West Oak, Fort Collins, CO 80521, phone (970) 215-2603.
    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. 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 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-14263-000) in the docket number field to 
access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: October 18, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2011-27428 Filed 10-21-11; 8:45 am]