[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 180 (Wednesday, September 17, 2014)]
[Pages 55790-55791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-22095]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CD14-25-000]

City of Berlin, New Hampshire; Notice of Preliminary 
Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and 
Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

    On August 28, 2014, the City of Berlin, New Hampshire filed a 
notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, 
pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by 
section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA). 
The proposed Ammonoosuc Water Treatment Plant Hydroelectric Project 
would have an installed capacity of 21 kilowatts (kW) and would be 
located on the existing 16-inch-diameter raw water transmission main 
immediately upstream from the pressure-reducing valve for a water 
treatment plant. The project would be located near the City of Berlin 
in Coos County, New Hampshire.
    Applicant Contact: Roland L. Viens, Superintendent, City of Berlin, 
New Hampshire, City Hall, 168 Main Street, Berlin, NH 03570, Phone No. 
(603) 752-1677.
    FERC Contact: Robert Bell, Phone No. (202) 502-6062, email: 
[email protected].
    Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed 
project would consist of: (1) One proposed inline integrated turbine/
generator with an installed capacity of 21 kW; (2) a proposed concrete 
powerhouse; and (3) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would 
have an estimated annual generating capacity of 85 megawatt-hours.
    A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined 
or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below.

                          Table 1--Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility
         Statutory provision                                 Description                         Satisfies (Y/N)
FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by HREA.  The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal,                       Y
                                       pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade
                                       water conveyance that is operated for the distribution
                                       of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial
                                       consumption and not primarily for the generation of
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended by     The facility is constructed, operated, or maintained for                Y
 HREA.                                 the generation of electric power and uses for such
                                       generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-
                                       federally owned conduit.
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended by    The facility has an installed capacity that does not                    Y
 HREA.                                 exceed 5 megawatts.
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended by   On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not                        Y
 HREA.                                 licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of
                                       Part I of the FPA.

    Preliminary Determination: Based upon the above criteria, 
Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies 
the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is 
not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing.
    Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments 
contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 
days from the issuance date of this notice.
    Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the 
issuance date of this notice.
    Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance 
with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 
385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or 
before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.
    Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) 
bear in all capital letters the ``COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR 
applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the 
project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) 
state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and 
(4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 
385.2005 of the Commission's regulations.\1\ All comments contesting 
Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets 
the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.

    \1\ 18 CFR 385.2001-2005 (2013).

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
motions to intervene and comments 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. 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.
    Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can 
be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed 
and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 
888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be 
viewed on the web at http://

[[Page 55791]]

www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the ``eLibrary'' link. 
Enter the docket number (e.g., CD14-25-000) in the docket number field 
to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1-866-208-3676 
or email [email protected]. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: September 10, 2014.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2014-22095 Filed 9-16-14; 8:45 am]