[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 74 (Monday, April 18, 2016)]
[Pages 22589-22590]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-08861]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 1940-029]

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation; Notice of Application 
Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Establishing Procedural 
Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: New Major License.
    b. Project No.: P-1940-029.
    c. Date filed: March 28, 2016.
    d. Applicant: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.
    e. Name of Project: Tomahawk Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: The existing project is located on the Wisconsin River 

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Lincoln County, Wisconsin. The project does not affect federal lands.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Todd P. Jastremski, Asset Manager Hydro 
Operations, WE Energies, 800 Industrial Park Drive, Iron Mountain, MI 
49801; or at (906) 779-4099.
    i. FERC Contact: Lee Emery at (202) 502-8379 or by email at 
[email protected].
    j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
    k. The existing Tomahawk Hydroelectric Project consists of: (1) A 
27-foot-high, 3,400-foot-long reinforced concrete and embankment dam 
that includes a 2,450-foot-long left embankment section, a 300-foot-
long right embankment section, 9-foot-long sluice gate section, 267-
foot-long radial gate section, 160-foot-long slab and buttress section, 
and a 60-foot-long abutment section with a crest elevation of 1,441.0 
feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD); (2) a 2,773-acre 
reservoir (Lake Mohawksin) at a full-pool elevation of 1,435.5 feet 
NGVD; (3) a 67-foot-long by 41-foot-wide powerhouse containing two 1.3-
megawatt (MW) generators providing a combined installed capacity of 2.6 
MW; (4) powerhouse intake trash racks with a 2.7-inch clear bar 
spacing; (5) two 2.4-kilovolt (kV) generator leads and an associated 
3.75-megavolt-ampere, 2.4/24.9-kV three phase transformer; (6) an 
interconnected substation located adjacent to the powerhouse; and (7) 
appurtenant facilities.
    The project is operated in a limited peaking mode, with maximum 
allowed daily reservoir fluctuations of approximately 0.8 feet (1,435.5 
feet NGVD to 1,434.7 feet NGVD). During normal peaking operations, the 
reservoir is drawn down from the maximum pond elevation during the day 
and refilled at night providing one peaking cycle per day. The amount 
of fluctuation is determined primarily by the volume of water which can 
normally be restored to the Tomahawk reservoir during off-peak hours. 
During low flow periods, the project is required to maintain a minimum 
flow of 162 cubic feet per second (cfs) or inflow, whichever is less. 
The operation of the Tomahawk Project is coordinated with the 
downstream WPS Projects (Grandfather Falls and Alexander Projects) and 
with the Grandmother Falls Project to make the most effective use of 
the available water resource.
    The normal tailwater elevation of the project is 1,419.5 feet NGVD. 
The impoundment provides about 14.5 feet of gross head for power 
generation purposes. The hydraulic capacity of the project is 2,634 cfs 
and water flowing through the turbines is discharged via the draft 
tubes into the tailrace immediately below the dam. Electricity 
generated from the project is transmitted from the powerhouse via two 
2.5-kV generator leads and a 3.75 MVA 2.4/24.9-kV three-phase 
transformer to the adjacent substation and into Wisconsin Public 
Service Corporation's distribution system. Wisconsin Public Service 
Corporation is proposing to continue current operations at the Project 
for the term of the new license.
    l. A copy of the application is available for review at the 
Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ``eLibrary'' 
link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the 
docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact 
[email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free) or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at 
the address in item h above.
    m. 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, contact FERC 
Online Support.
    n. Procedural schedule:
    The application will be processed according to the following 
preliminary Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be 
made as appropriate.

              Milestone                           Target date
Notice of Acceptance/Notice of Ready   June 2016.
 for Environmental Analysis.
Filing of recommendations,             August 2016.
 preliminary terms and conditions,
 and fishway prescriptions.
Issue Environmental Assessment (EA)..  December 2016.
Comments due on EA...................  January 2017.
Modified terms and conditions........  March 2017.

    o. Final amendments to the application must be filed with the 
Commission no later than 30 days from the issuance date of the notice 
of ready for environmental analysis.

    Dated: April 6, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2016-08861 Filed 4-15-16; 8:45 am]