[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)]
[Pages 4281-4282]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01458]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14730-000]

Palo Verde Power; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application 
Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and 
Competing Applications

    On November 19, 2015, Palo Verde Power 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 Palo Verde 
Hydroelectric Project (Palo Verde Project or project) to be located on 
the Colorado River, near Blythe, Riverside County, California. 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 be located near the existing discharge 
channel north of Palo Verde Irrigation District's Palo Verde diversion 
dam. The applicant proposes to generate power by bypassing the releases 
the irrigation district now makes through the discharge channel's gates 
into the project's new penstock. The proposed project would consist of: 
(1) a new 30-foot-long concrete and steel penstock; (2) a new 45-foot-
long, 45-foot-wide powerhouse containing a single turbine generator 
unit with an installed capacity of 29 megawatts; (3) a tailrace 
discharging powerhouse flows to the existing diversion spill area; (4) 
less than a mile of 161-kilovolt transmission line; and (5) appurtenant 
facilities. The project would have an estimated average annual energy 
generation of 161 gigawatt-hours. There are no federal lands associated 
with the project.
    Applicant Contact: Michael Blakey, Palo Verde Power, 9734 Diablo 
Vista Ave., Galt, CA 95632; phone: (209) 251-3105.
    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.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 

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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-14730-000.
    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-14730) in the docket number field to access 
the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: January 19, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-01458 Filed 1-25-16; 8:45 am]