[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 92 (Thursday, May 12, 2016)]
[Page 29563]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-11227]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14772-000]

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

    On March 24, 2016, Black Mountain Hydro, 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 Southern Intertie 
Pumped Storage Project (Southern Intertie Project or project) to be 
located on Black Mountain, near Yerington, in Mineral and Lyon 
Counties, Nevada. 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 
    The proposed closed-loop pumped storage project would consist of 
the following: (1) An upper reservoir in a natural depression having a 
total storage capacity of 4,460 acre-feet at a normal maximum operating 
elevation of 7,410 feet mean sea level (msl); (2) a 105-foot-tall, 
1,500-foot-long lower dam of indeterminate construction; (3) a lower 
reservoir having a total storage capacity of 4,384 acre-feet at a 
normal maximum operating elevation of 5,500 feet msl; (4) a 2,200-foot-
long, 16.5-foot-diameter, concrete low pressure tunnel; (5) a 7,850-
foot-long 16.5-foot-diameter concrete and steel lined high pressure 
tunnel; (6) a 2,200-foot-long, 20-foot-diameter concrete lined 
tailrace; (7) a 300-foot-long, 80-foot-wide, 50-feet-high underground 
powerhouse containing three 200-MW pump-turbine generator units; (8) a 
4.6-mile-long 230-kV transmission line; (9) a 230/500 kV substation; 
and (10) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the 
Southern Intertie Project would be 1,577 gigawatt-hours.
    Applicant Contact: Mr. Mathew Schapiro, Chief Executive Officer, 
Gridflex Energy, LLC, 1210 W. Franklin St., Ste. 2, Boise, Idaho 83702; 
phone: (208) 246-9925.
    FERC Contact: Joseph Hassell; phone: (202) 502-8079.
    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-14772-000.
    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-14772) in the docket number field to access 
the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: May 6, 2016.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2016-11227 Filed 5-11-16; 8:45 am]