[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 15 (Wednesday, January 25, 2017)]
[Pages 8416-8417]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-01675]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14810-000]

Chugach Electric Association, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit 
Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To 
Intervene, and Competing Applications

    On December 23, 2016, Chugach Electric Association, Inc. filed an 
application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the 
Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the

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feasibility of the Snow River Hydroelectric Project (Snow River Project 
or project) to be located on the Snow River, near Seward in the Kenai 
Peninsula Borough, Alaska. 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 project would utilize 15,957 acres of 
land owned by the U.S. Forest Service.
    The project consists of two alternatives both using the following 
new facilities: (1) A 700-foot-long, 300-foot-high concrete-faced 
rockfill or roller compacted concrete gravity dam with a 400-foot-long 
spillway built into the crest of the dam; (2) a 300-foot-long, 60-foot-
high concrete-faced rockfill or roller compacted concrete gravity 
auxiliary dam on the right bank; (3) a 500-foot-long, 80-foot-high 
concrete-faced rockfill or roller compacted concrete gravity auxiliary 
dam on the left bank; and (4) a 5,321-acre reservoir.

Alternative 1

    (1) A 10,040-foot-long, 14 foot-diameter horseshoe intake tunnel; 
(2) a 1,140-foot long, 173-inch-diameter steel penstock; (3) an 80-
foot-long, 100-foot-wide pre-engineered metal powerhouse with three 
turbine units rated at 25 megawatts (MW) each for 75 MW total; (4) a 
submerged tailrace discharge; (5) a 2.55-mile-long, 69-kilovolt (kV) 
transmission line tying into an existing high voltage transmission line 
located west of the proposed powerhouse; (6) a 1,410-foot-long access 
road to the intake tunnel and dam; (7) a 6,858-foot-long access road to 
the powerhouse; and (8) appurtenant facilities.

Alternative 2

    (1) A 3,310-foot-long, 14 foot-diameter horseshoe intake tunnel; 
(2) a 2,650-foot long, 173-inch-diamater steel penstock; (3) the same 
powerhouse, turbine, tailrace and transmission line as described above 
for Alternative 1; (4) a 12,600-foot-long access road to the intake 
tunnel and dam; (5) a 8,000-foot-long access road to the powerhouse; 
and (6) appurtenant facilities.
    The estimated annual generation of the Snow River Project would be 
341 gigawatt-hours.
    Applicant Contact: Mr. Paul Risse, Senior Vice President, Chugach 
Electric Association, Inc., 5601 Electron Drive, Anchorage, AK 99518; 
phone: (907) 563-7494.
    FERC Contact: Julia Kolberg, phone: (202) 502-8261 or email: 
[email protected].
    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-14810-000.
    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-14810) in the docket number field to access 
the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: January 18, 2017.
 Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2017-01675 Filed 1-24-17; 8:45 am]