[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 65 (Friday, April 4, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18898-18899]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07497]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2179-045]


Merced Irrigation District; Notice of Application Accepted for 
Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene and Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: Application for Temporary Variance of 
License Requirements.
    b. Project No.: 2179-045.
    c. Date filed: March 27, 2014.
    d. Applicant: Merced Irrigation District (Licensee).
    e. Name of Project: Merced River Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: The existing project is located on the Merced River in 
Merced and Mariposa counties, California.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r.
    h. Applicant Contact: Mr. John Sweigard, Merced Irrigation 
District, P.O. Box 2288, Merced, CA 95344; Telephone (209) 722-5761.
    i. FERC Contact: Mr. John Aedo, (202) 502-3335 or 
[email protected].
    j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, protests, 
and recommendations is 15 days from the date of this notice.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
motions to intervene, protests, comments, and recommendations using the 
Commission's eFiling system at 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], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: 
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include 
docket number P-2179-045.
    The Commission's Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing 
documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each 
person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an 
intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to 
the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a 
particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document 
on that resource agency.
    k. Description of Request: The licensee requests an emergency, 
temporary variance of the minimum flow and storage requirements under 
articles 40 and 44 of the license for the Merced River Hydroelectric 
Project. The licensee is proposing this emergency request due to the 
severe drought in the State of California. The licensee requests that 
during March and April 2014, its compliance obligation at Shaffer 
Bridge be 60 cubic feet per second (cfs) daily average flow, rather 
than 60 cfs instantaneous flow. To ensure minimum flows in the river, 
the licensee proposes an instantaneous flow of not less than 40 cfs at 
Shaffer Bridge during this two month period. The licensee also requests 
that its minimum storage requirement in Lake McClure be reduced from 
115,000 acre-feet (AF) to no less than 85,000 AF for 2014. The licensee 
estimates that with the approval of the proposed temporary amendment 
requests, it may be able to extend its irrigation season at least two 
weeks plus improve fishery conditions over a longer term.
    l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is 
available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public 
Reference Room, located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, 
DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed 
on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits 
in the docket number field to access the document. You may also 
register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to 
be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or 
other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208- 3676 or email 
[email protected], for TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is 
also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item 
(h) above.
    m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing 
list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.
    n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit 
comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the 
requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, 
.214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission 
will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who 
file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules 
may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or 
motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified 
comment date for the particular application.
    o. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: Any filing must (1) 
bear in all capital letters the title ``COMMENTS'', ``PROTEST'', or 
``MOTION TO INTERVENE'' as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the 
name of the applicant and the project number of the application to 
which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone 
number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise 
comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All 
comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their 
evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 
4.34(b). All comments, motions to intervene, or protests should relate 
to project works which are the subject of the license surrender. 
Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the

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applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served 
upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular 
application. If an intervener files comments or documents with the 
Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the 
responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve 
a copy of the document on that resource agency. A copy of all other 
filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof 
of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the 
Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 
385.2010.

    Dated: March 28, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2014-07497 Filed 4-3-14; 8:45 am]
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