White River Electric Association; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene, 12892-12893 [2016-05501]

Download as PDF 12892 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 / Notices must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding. eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–05502 Filed 3–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CD16–8–000] White River Electric Association; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene On February 24, 2016, White River Electric Association filed a notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA).1 The proposed Miller Creek Ditch Hydropower Project would have an installed capacity of 180 kilowatts (kW), and would be located along the Miller Creek Ditch. The project would be located near the Town of Meeker, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Applicant Contact: Alan Michalewicz, P.O. Box 958, 233 6th Street, Meeker, CO 81641, Phone No. (970) 878–5041. FERC Contact: Christopher Chaney, Phone No. (202) 502–6778, email: christopher.chaney@ferc.gov. Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) A new powerhouse, approximately 20 feet by 23 feet, adjacent to the downstream end of an existing 30-inch-diameter by approximately 680-foot-long steel pipe used to convey Miller Creek Ditch across County Road 13; (2) an underground tailrace returning flows to the existing 30-inch-diameter steel pipe; (3) a new 450-foot-long, 30-inchdiameter penstock, fed by a new diversion and intake structure adjacent to an existing diversion and intake structure; (4) a cross flow turbine/ generating unit with an installed capacity of 180 kW; and (5) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have a total installed capacity of 180 kW. A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below. TABLE 1—CRITERIA FOR QUALIFYING CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY Statutory provision Description Satisfies (Y/N) FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by HREA .... The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity. The facility is constructed, operated, or maintained for the generation of electric power and uses for such generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit. The facility has an installed capacity that does not exceed 5 megawatts ...................... On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of Part I of the FPA. Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended by HREA asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended by HREA FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended by HREA Preliminary Determination: The proposed addition of the hydroelectric project along the Miller Creek Ditch will not alter its primary purpose of distributing water for irrigation. Therefore, based upon the above criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing. Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 days from the issuance date of this notice. 1 Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Public Law 113–23, § 4, 27 Stat. 493 (2013); 79 FR 2164 (2014). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Mar 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice. Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the ‘‘COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY’’ or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE,’’ as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project 2 18 PO 00000 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Y Y number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the Commission’s regulations.2 All comments contesting Commission staff’s preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments 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 CFR 385.2001–2005 (2015). Frm 00035 Y E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 / Notices 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 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (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. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010. Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the Web at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD16–8) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–05501 Filed 3–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD10–12–007] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency Through Improved Software; Notice of Technical Conference: Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency Through Improved Software Take notice that Commission staff will convene a technical conference on June 27, 28, and 29, 2016 to discuss opportunities for increasing real-time and day-ahead market efficiency through improved software. A detailed agenda with the list of and times for the selected speakers will be published on the Commission’s Web site 1 after April 22, 2016. 1 http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indusact/market-planning.asp. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Mar 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 This conference will bring together experts from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including electric system operators, software developers, government, research centers and academia for the purposes of stimulating discussion, sharing information, and identifying fruitful avenues for research concerning the technical aspects of improved software for increasing efficiency. This conference is intended to build on the discussions initiated in the previous Commission staff technical conferences on increasing market and planning efficiency through improved software. As such, staff will be facilitating a discussion to explore research and operational advances with respect to market modeling that appear to have significant promise for potential efficiency improvements. Broadly, such topics fall into the following categories: (1) Improvements to the representation of physical constraints that are either not currently modeled or currently modeled using mathematical approximations (e.g., modeling voltage and reactive power though alternating current (AC) optimal power flow modeling, modeling contingencies or events beyond first contingencies); (2) Consideration of uncertainty to better maximize expected market surplus (e.g., stochastic modeling, or other improved modeling approaches to energy and reserve dispatch that efficiently manage uncertainty); (3) Improvements to the ability to identify and use flexibility in the existing systems (e.g., optimal transmission switching, active or dynamic transmission ratings, and modeling ramping capability needs); (4) Improvements to the duality interpretations of the economic dispatch model, with the goal of enabling the calculation of prices which represent better equilibrium and are more incentivecompatible; and (5) Other improvements in algorithms, model formulations, or hardware that may allow for increases in market efficiency. Within these or related subject areas, we encourage presentations that discuss best modeling practices, existing modeling practices that need improvement, any advances made since last year’s conference, or related perspectives on increasing market efficiency through improved power systems modeling. The technical conference will be held at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. All interested participants are invited to attend, and participants with ideas for relevant presentations are invited to nominate themselves to speak at the conference. Speaker nominations must be submitted on or before April 8, 2016 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12893 through the Commission’s Web site 2 by providing the proposed speaker’s contact information along with a title, abstract, and list of contributing authors for the proposed presentation. Proposed presentations should be related to the topics discussed above. Speakers and presentations will be selected to ensure relevant topics and to accommodate time constraints. Although registration is not required for general attendance by United States citizens, we encourage those planning to attend the conference to register through the Commission’s Web site.3 We will provide nametags for those who register on or before June 17, 2016. We strongly encourage attendees who are not citizens of the United States to register for the conference by June 1, 2016, in order to avoid any delay associated with being processed by FERC security. The Commission will accept comments following the conference, with a deadline of July 31, 2016. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. A WebEx will be available. Off-site participants interested in listening via teleconference or listening and viewing the presentations through WebEx must register at https://www.ferc.gov/whatsnew/registration/real-market-6-27-16form.asp, and do so by 5:00 p.m. EST on June 17, 2016. WebEx and teleconferencing may not be available to those who do not register. FERC conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an email to accessibility@ferc.gov or call toll free (866) 208–3372 (voice) or (202) 502– 8659 (TTY), or send a fax to (202) 208– 2106 with the required accommodations. For further information about these conferences, please contact: Sarah McKinley (Logistical Information), Office of External Affairs, (202) 502–8004, Sarah.McKinley@ferc.gov. Daniel Kheloussi (Technical Information), Office of Energy Policy 2 The speaker nomination form is located at https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/realmarket-6-27-16-speaker-form.asp. 3 The registration form is located at https:// www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/real-market-627-16-form.asp. E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket No. CD16-8-000]


White River Electric Association; Notice of Preliminary 
Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and 
Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

    On February 24, 2016, White River Electric Association filed a 
notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, 
pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by 
section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 
(HREA).\1\ The proposed Miller Creek Ditch Hydropower Project would 
have an installed capacity of 180 kilowatts (kW), and would be located 
along the Miller Creek Ditch. The project would be located near the 
Town of Meeker, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.
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    \1\ Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Public Law 
113-23, Sec.  4, 27 Stat. 493 (2013); 79 FR 2164 (2014).
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    Applicant Contact: Alan Michalewicz, P.O. Box 958, 233 6th Street, 
Meeker, CO 81641, Phone No. (970) 878-5041.
    FERC Contact: Christopher Chaney, Phone No. (202) 502-6778, email: 
christopher.chaney@ferc.gov.
    Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed 
project would consist of: (1) A new powerhouse, approximately 20 feet 
by 23 feet, adjacent to the downstream end of an existing 30-inch-
diameter by approximately 680-foot-long steel pipe used to convey 
Miller Creek Ditch across County Road 13; (2) an underground tailrace 
returning flows to the existing 30-inch-diameter steel pipe; (3) a new 
450-foot-long, 30-inch-diameter penstock, fed by a new diversion and 
intake structure adjacent to an existing diversion and intake 
structure; (4) a cross flow turbine/generating unit with an installed 
capacity of 180 kW; and (5) appurtenant facilities.
    The proposed project would have a total installed capacity of 180 
kW.
    A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined 
or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below.

                          Table 1--Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility
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                                                                                                      Satisfies
               Statutory provision                                   Description                        (Y/N)
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FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by HREA.............  The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal,           Y
                                                   pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar
                                                   manmade water conveyance that is operated for
                                                   the distribution of water for agricultural,
                                                   municipal, or industrial consumption and not
                                                   primarily for the generation of electricity.
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended by HREA..........  The facility is constructed, operated, or                   Y
                                                   maintained for the generation of electric power
                                                   and uses for such generation only the
                                                   hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned
                                                   conduit.
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended by HREA.........  The facility has an installed capacity that does            Y
                                                   not exceed 5 megawatts.
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended by HREA........  On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not            Y
                                                   licensed, or exempted from the licensing
                                                   requirements of Part I of the FPA.
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    Preliminary Determination: The proposed addition of the 
hydroelectric project along the Miller Creek Ditch will not alter its 
primary purpose of distributing water for irrigation. Therefore, based 
upon the above criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that 
the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit 
hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted 
from licensing.
    Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments 
contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 
days from the issuance date of this notice.
    Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the 
issuance date of this notice.
    Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance 
with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 
385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or 
before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.
    Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) 
bear in all capital letters the ``COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR 
A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY'' or ``MOTION TO INTERVENE,'' as 
applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the 
project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) 
state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and 
(4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 
385.2005 of the Commission's regulations.\2\ All comments contesting 
Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets 
the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.
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    \2\ 18 CFR 385.2001-2005 (2015).
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    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
motions to intervene and comments 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

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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 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (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. A copy of all other filings in 
reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service 
on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in 
this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.
    Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can 
be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed 
and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 
888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be 
viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using 
the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD16-8) in the 
docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-
free 1-866-208-3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call 
(202) 502-8659.

    Dated: March 7, 2016.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2016-05501 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am]
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