[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 172 (Friday, September 4, 2015)]
[Pages 53511-53512]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-21987]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14690-000]

Blue River Hydro Power, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit 
Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To 
Intervene, and Competing Applications

    On July 1, 2015, Blue River Hydro Power, LLC 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 Blue River 
Hydroelectric Project (Blue River Project or project) to be located at 
Blue River Dam near the Town of Blue River in Lane County, Oregon. 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 permission.
    The proposed project would utilize flows at the existing Blue River 
Dam, and would consist of the following new features: (1) A 12-foot-
diameter, 500-foot-long steel liner pipe installed in the downstream 
portion of the existing dam outlet tunnel, (2) a gatehouse containing 
two 7-foot-wide, 8-foot-high steel slidegates to regulate pipe pressure 
and release excess water, (3) a 9-foot- to 12-foot-diameter, 600-foot-
long steel penstock, (4) a 70-foot-wide, 55-foot-long reinforced 
concrete powerhouse, (5) two 10 megawatt vertical-shaft Francis 
turbine/generators, (6) an approximately 40-foot-wide, 40-foot-long 
concrete tailrace returning flows to the Blue River, (7) a switchyard 
and a 2.5-mile-long, 12.5-kilovolt buried transmission line 
interconnecting with Lane Electric Cooperative's existing Blue River 
substation, and (8) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual 
generation of the Blue River Project would be 50 gigawatt-hours.
    Applicant Contact: Mr. Rett Hubbard, Blue River Hydro Power, LLC, 
285 East Oregon Avenue, Suite 7, Creswell, Oregon 97426; phone: (541) 
    FERC Contact: Sean O'Neill; phone: (202) 502-6462.
    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.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing 
applications 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-14690-000.
    More information about this project, including a copy of the 
application, can

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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-14690) in the docket number field to access the document. For 
assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: August 28, 2015.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2015-21987 Filed 9-3-15; 8:45 am]