Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments; Bear Swamp Power Company, LLC, 17168-17170 [2018-08073]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES 17168 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 75 / Wednesday, April 18, 2018 / Notices Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1094–001. Applicants: Florida Power & Light Company. Description: Tariff Amendment: FPL Revisions to LCEC Rate Schedule No. 317 to be effective 1/1/2016. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5120. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1095–001. Applicants: Florida Power & Light Company. Description: Tariff Amendment: FPL Revisions to FKEC Rate Schedule No. 322 to be effective 1/1/2016. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5121. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1275–002. Applicants: Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, LLC, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: Tariff Amendment: MAIT submits Supplemental Filing re: OIA SA No. 4929 to be effective 6/1/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5045. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. 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Accession Number: 20180412–5069. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1348–000. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Apr 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 Applicants: Lone Valley Solar Park I LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Revised MBR Tariff to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5104. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1349–000. Applicants: Lone Valley Solar Park II LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Revised MBR Tariff to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5114. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1350–000. Applicants: New England Power Company. Description: Tariff Cancellation: Notice of Cancellation of Reimbursement Agreement with Granite Reliable Power to be effective 11/1/2017. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5116. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1351–000. Applicants: Virginia Electric and Power Company, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: VEPCO submits revisions to OATT, Attachment H–16A re: Depreciation Rate to be effective 6/15/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5118. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1352–000. Applicants: Rising Tree Wind Farm LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Revised MBR Tariff to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5119. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1353–000. Applicants: Southern California Edison Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Amended IFA Between SCE and AEPCO and Notices of Cancellation to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5124. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1354–000. Applicants: Rising Tree Wind Farm II LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Revised MBR Tariff to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5136. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Docket Numbers: ER18–1355–000. Applicants: Rising Tree Wind Farm III LLC. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Revised MBR Tariff to be effective 4/13/2018. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5152. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. Docket Numbers: ER18–1356–000. Applicants: Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Kentucky Utilities Company. Description: Notice of Cancellation of Network Operating Agreement (Third Revised Service Agreement 14) of Louisville Gas and Electric Company, et al. Filed Date: 4/12/18. Accession Number: 20180412–5166. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/3/18. The filings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number. Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings 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: April 12, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–08075 Filed 4–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2669–085] Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments; Bear Swamp Power Company, LLC 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. E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 75 / Wednesday, April 18, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES b. Project No.: 2669–085. c. Date Filed: March 30, 2018. d. Applicant: Bear Swamp Power Company, LLC (Bear Swamp). e. Name of Project: Bear Swamp Project. f. Location: The existing project is located on the Deerfield River in Berkshire and Franklin Counties, Massachusetts. 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: Steven P. Murphy, Director of Licensing, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, 33 West 1st Street South, Fulton, NY 13069; Telephone (315) 593–3118. i. FERC Contact: John Baummer, (202) 502–6837 or john.baummer@ferc.gov. j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. k. Project Description: The existing Bear Swamp Project consists of a pumped storage development, the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development, and a conventional hydropower development, the Fife Brook Development, with a combined authorized capacity of 676 megawatts (MW). The project generates an average of 483,863 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, and uses an average of 618,293 MWh annually to operate the pumped storage development. Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development The existing Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development consists of the following existing facilities: (1) A 118acre upper reservoir with a gross storage capacity of 8,300 acre-feet at the normal full water surface elevation of approximately 1,600 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD), which is contained by existing topography and 4 dikes: (a) An approximately 1,300-foot-long, 155-foothigh curved, earth and rock-fill dike (North Dike); (b) an approximately 350foot-long, 23-foot-high earth and rockfill dike extending from the eastside of the North Dike (North Dike Extension); (c) an approximately 2,880-foot-long, 140-foot-high earth and rock-fill dike (South Dike); and (d) an approximately 750-foot-long, 50-foot-high earth and rock-fill dike (East Dike); (2) a 420-foot long emergency spillway to the east of the North Dike Extension; (3) an 88-footlong, 1.5- to 4-foot-wide, 4-foot-high submerged weir with three 5-foot-wide, 3-foot-high concrete stoplog gates; (4) a 40-foot-diameter concrete inlet/outlet structure located at the bottom of the upper reservoir to the west of the North Dike; (5) an approximately 1,430.5-footlong tunnel system that includes: (a) A VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Apr 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 75-foot-long concrete-lined section that tapers from 40 feet to 25 feet in diameter; (b) an approximately 965-footlong, 25-foot-diameter concrete-lined section; (c) a 15-foot-long concrete-lined section that bifurcates from a single 25foot-diameter section to two 20-footdiameter penstock sections; (d) two 25foot-long concrete-lined penstock sections that taper from 20 feet to 17.5 feet in diameter; (e) two 322-foot-long, 17.5-foot-diameter concrete-lined penstock sections; (f) two 20-foot-long concrete-lined penstock sections that taper from 17.5 feet to 11 feet in diameter; and (g) two 8.5-foot-long, 11foot-diameter, steel-lined penstock sections; (6) a 227-foot-long, 79-footwide, 182-foot-high underground powerhouse containing two reversible Francis pump turbine-generator units with a total authorized capacity of 666 MW; (7) two 504-foot-long, 22-footwide, 29.5-foot-high concrete-lined draft tube tunnels; (8) a lower reservoir inlet/ outlet structure with four 15-foot-wide, 20-foot-high bays, each equipped with 16-foot-wide, 20.6-foot-high steel slide gates; (9) four 15-foot-wide, 26.7-foottall steel trashracks with 6-inch bar spacing; (10) two 13.8-kilovolt (kV) motor-generator lead electrical lines, one approximately 890 feet long (east lead) and one approximately 900 feet long (west lead); (11) a 600-foot-long, 15-foot-wide, 23-foot-high access tunnel for the generator lead lines; (12) two 13.8/230-kV step-up transformers; (13) two 230-kV above-ground transmission lines, one approximately 4,075 feet long (south line) and one approximately 3,960 feet long (north line), which terminate at a non-project switchyard owned by National Grid; (14) a 700-footlong, 25-foot-wide, 29-foot-high tunnel for the access road; and (15) appurtenant facilities. Fife Brook Development The existing Fife Brook Development consists of: (1) An 890-foot-long, 130foot-high earthen rock-fill dam; (2) a 152-acre impoundment with a gross storage capacity of 6,900 acre-feet at a normal maximum water surface elevation of 870 feet NGVD, which also serves as the lower reservoir for the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development; (3) two 36-foot-wide, 40-foot-high steel Tainter spillway gates that are integral with the dam; (4) a concrete intake structure that is integral with the dam and includes an 11.2-foot-wide, 24-foottall trashrack with 3-inch bar spacing and a 15-foot-wide, 18-foot-high headgate; (5) a 10-foot-diameter, 200foot-long steel penstock; (6) an approximately 79.25-foot-long, 44-footwide, 94-foot-tall concrete powerhouse PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17169 containing a 10–MW Francis turbinegenerator unit; (7) a 21-foot-long steellined draft tube; (8) an approximately 325-foot-long, 30-inch-diameter minimum flow release pipe that is gated at its intake and bifurcates into an approximately 55-foot-long, 20-inchdiameter pipe and an approximately 55foot-long, 24-inch-diameter pipe; (9) a partially buried (860-foot-long section) and partially above-ground (7,060-footlong section) 13.8-kV transmission line that connects the turbine-generator unit to the regional grid at a non-project substation owned by Great River Hydro, LLC; and (10) appurtenant facilities. The Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development uses a storage capacity of 4,600 acre-feet to generate approximately 3,028 MWh of energy over a generation run time of approximately 5.3 hours. The Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development normally generates and pumps back some or all of its useable storage capacity over a 24-hour period. The impoundment for the Fife Brook Development is the lower reservoir of the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development. The Fife Brook impoundment has an allowable drawdown of 40 feet to provide a useable storage capacity of 4,600 acrefeet to the upper reservoir of the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development for daily peaking operations. Releases from Fife Brook dam generally match the inflow from the Station No. 5 Development of Great River Hydro, LLC’s Deerfield River Project (FERC No. 2323), which discharges directly into the Fife Brook impoundment. The project’s current license requires Bear Swamp to release a continuous minimum flow of 125 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Fife Brook dam, and to use water from the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development to meet the required 125 cfs minimum flow as necessary. The existing license also requires Bear Swamp to provide 106 scheduled annual releases of 700 cfs for whitewater recreation downstream of the Fife Brook dam from April 1 through October 31. l. Locations of the Application: 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 website 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, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1 17170 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 75 / Wednesday, April 18, 2018 / Notices reproduction at the Rowe Town Library, located at 318 Zoar Road, Rowe, MA 01367; or the North Adams Public Library, located at 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247. 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: Pursuant to section 5.19(d) of the Commission’s regulations, the Director, Office of Energy Projects will issue an order within 30 days of the filing date of the final license application to resolve study requests that were filed in comments on the draft license application. At this time, the application is expected to be processed according to the following preliminary Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made following the Director’s determination on the study requests, or as otherwise appropriate. Milestone Target date Notice of Acceptance/Notice of Ready for Environmental Analysis ................................................................................................ Filing of recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and fishway prescriptions .............................................................. Commission issues Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) ............................................................................................................ Comments on Draft EA .................................................................................................................................................................... Modified terms and conditions .......................................................................................................................................................... Commission issues Final EA ............................................................................................................................................................ October 2018. December 2018. June 2019. August 2019. October 2019. January 2020. 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 12, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–08073 Filed 4–17–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP18–12–000] amozie on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, LLC Herscher Northwest Storage Field Abandonment Project The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Herscher Northwest Storage Field Abandonment Project, proposed by Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (Natural) in the abovereferenced docket. Natural requests authorization to abandon the Herscher Northwest Storage Field facilities with its certificated maximum inventory of 18.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) located in Kankakee County, Illinois. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the abandonment of the Herscher Northwest Storage Field Abandonment Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:31 Apr 17, 2018 Jkt 244001 significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Natural proposes to abandon: • In place 19 injection/withdrawal wells by permanently plugging and capping; • in place 16.15 miles of 4- to 16inch-diameter associated pipeline laterals in the storage field by capping; • in place 13 non-jurisdictional observation wells by plugging; • in place one non-jurisdictional salt water disposal well by plugging; • in place approximately 15.3 Bcf of non-recoverable cushion gas; • by removal the 330-horsepower Compressor Station 202 including its building, compressor unit, concrete piers, and concrete foundation; and • by removal all aboveground and belowground storage field auxiliary surface facilities, including, but not limited to: Well head piping, slug catchers, water gathering system, and methanol distribution systems associated with the abandoned wells; seven tap valves; a pigging facility; and two corrosion monitors along with their associated rectifiers and ground beds. Natural also proposes to convert the P. Cook No. 1 injection/withdrawal well to an observational well for its nearby Herscher Mount Simon Storage Field; and retain the P. Cook No. G–1 well as an observation well for its nearby Herscher Galesville Storage Field. The FERC staff mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; and newspapers and libraries in the project area. In addition, the EA is available for public viewing on the FERC’s website (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. A limited number of PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 copies of the EA are available for distribution and public inspection at: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8371. Any person wishing to comment on the EA may do so. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific your comments, the more useful they will be. To ensure that the Commission has the opportunity to consider your comments prior to making its decision on this project, it is important that we receive your comments in Washington, DC on or before May 14, 2018. For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to file your comments to the Commission. In all instances, please reference the project docket number (CP18–12–000) with your submission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502–8258 or FercOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project; (2) You can also file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on eRegister. You must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a comment on a particular E:\FR\FM\18APN1.SGM 18APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 75 (Wednesday, April 18, 2018)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2669-085]


Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and 
Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for 
Submission of Final Amendments; Bear Swamp Power Company, LLC

    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.

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    b. Project No.: 2669-085.
    c. Date Filed: March 30, 2018.
    d. Applicant: Bear Swamp Power Company, LLC (Bear Swamp).
    e. Name of Project: Bear Swamp Project.
    f. Location: The existing project is located on the Deerfield River 
in Berkshire and Franklin Counties, Massachusetts. 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: Steven P. Murphy, Director of Licensing, 
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, 33 West 1st Street South, Fulton, NY 
13069; Telephone (315) 593-3118.
    i. FERC Contact: John Baummer, (202) 502-6837 or 
[email protected].
    j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.
    k. Project Description: The existing Bear Swamp Project consists of 
a pumped storage development, the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage 
Development, and a conventional hydropower development, the Fife Brook 
Development, with a combined authorized capacity of 676 megawatts (MW). 
The project generates an average of 483,863 megawatt-hours (MWh) 
annually, and uses an average of 618,293 MWh annually to operate the 
pumped storage development.

Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development

    The existing Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development consists of the 
following existing facilities: (1) A 118-acre upper reservoir with a 
gross storage capacity of 8,300 acre-feet at the normal full water 
surface elevation of approximately 1,600 feet National Geodetic 
Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD), which is contained by existing 
topography and 4 dikes: (a) An approximately 1,300-foot-long, 155-foot-
high curved, earth and rock-fill dike (North Dike); (b) an 
approximately 350-foot-long, 23-foot-high earth and rock-fill dike 
extending from the eastside of the North Dike (North Dike Extension); 
(c) an approximately 2,880-foot-long, 140-foot-high earth and rock-fill 
dike (South Dike); and (d) an approximately 750-foot-long, 50-foot-high 
earth and rock-fill dike (East Dike); (2) a 420-foot long emergency 
spillway to the east of the North Dike Extension; (3) an 88-foot-long, 
1.5- to 4-foot-wide, 4-foot-high submerged weir with three 5-foot-wide, 
3-foot-high concrete stoplog gates; (4) a 40-foot-diameter concrete 
inlet/outlet structure located at the bottom of the upper reservoir to 
the west of the North Dike; (5) an approximately 1,430.5-foot-long 
tunnel system that includes: (a) A 75-foot-long concrete-lined section 
that tapers from 40 feet to 25 feet in diameter; (b) an approximately 
965-foot-long, 25-foot-diameter concrete-lined section; (c) a 15-foot-
long concrete-lined section that bifurcates from a single 25-foot-
diameter section to two 20-foot-diameter penstock sections; (d) two 25-
foot-long concrete-lined penstock sections that taper from 20 feet to 
17.5 feet in diameter; (e) two 322-foot-long, 17.5-foot-diameter 
concrete-lined penstock sections; (f) two 20-foot-long concrete-lined 
penstock sections that taper from 17.5 feet to 11 feet in diameter; and 
(g) two 8.5-foot-long, 11-foot-diameter, steel-lined penstock sections; 
(6) a 227-foot-long, 79-foot-wide, 182-foot-high underground powerhouse 
containing two reversible Francis pump turbine-generator units with a 
total authorized capacity of 666 MW; (7) two 504-foot-long, 22-foot-
wide, 29.5-foot-high concrete-lined draft tube tunnels; (8) a lower 
reservoir inlet/outlet structure with four 15-foot-wide, 20-foot-high 
bays, each equipped with 16-foot-wide, 20.6-foot-high steel slide 
gates; (9) four 15-foot-wide, 26.7-foot-tall steel trashracks with 6-
inch bar spacing; (10) two 13.8-kilovolt (kV) motor-generator lead 
electrical lines, one approximately 890 feet long (east lead) and one 
approximately 900 feet long (west lead); (11) a 600-foot-long, 15-foot-
wide, 23-foot-high access tunnel for the generator lead lines; (12) two 
13.8/230-kV step-up transformers; (13) two 230-kV above-ground 
transmission lines, one approximately 4,075 feet long (south line) and 
one approximately 3,960 feet long (north line), which terminate at a 
non-project switchyard owned by National Grid; (14) a 700-foot-long, 
25-foot-wide, 29-foot-high tunnel for the access road; and (15) 
appurtenant facilities.

Fife Brook Development

    The existing Fife Brook Development consists of: (1) An 890-foot-
long, 130-foot-high earthen rock-fill dam; (2) a 152-acre impoundment 
with a gross storage capacity of 6,900 acre-feet at a normal maximum 
water surface elevation of 870 feet NGVD, which also serves as the 
lower reservoir for the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development; (3) two 
36-foot-wide, 40-foot-high steel Tainter spillway gates that are 
integral with the dam; (4) a concrete intake structure that is integral 
with the dam and includes an 11.2-foot-wide, 24-foot-tall trashrack 
with 3-inch bar spacing and a 15-foot-wide, 18-foot-high headgate; (5) 
a 10-foot-diameter, 200-foot-long steel penstock; (6) an approximately 
79.25-foot-long, 44-foot-wide, 94-foot-tall concrete powerhouse 
containing a 10-MW Francis turbine-generator unit; (7) a 21-foot-long 
steel-lined draft tube; (8) an approximately 325-foot-long, 30-inch-
diameter minimum flow release pipe that is gated at its intake and 
bifurcates into an approximately 55-foot-long, 20-inch-diameter pipe 
and an approximately 55-foot-long, 24-inch-diameter pipe; (9) a 
partially buried (860-foot-long section) and partially above-ground 
(7,060-foot-long section) 13.8-kV transmission line that connects the 
turbine-generator unit to the regional grid at a non-project substation 
owned by Great River Hydro, LLC; and (10) appurtenant facilities.
    The Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development uses a storage capacity 
of 4,600 acre-feet to generate approximately 3,028 MWh of energy over a 
generation run time of approximately 5.3 hours. The Bear Swamp Pumped 
Storage Development normally generates and pumps back some or all of 
its useable storage capacity over a 24-hour period.
    The impoundment for the Fife Brook Development is the lower 
reservoir of the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Development. The Fife Brook 
impoundment has an allowable drawdown of 40 feet to provide a useable 
storage capacity of 4,600 acre-feet to the upper reservoir of the Bear 
Swamp Pumped Storage Development for daily peaking operations. Releases 
from Fife Brook dam generally match the inflow from the Station No. 5 
Development of Great River Hydro, LLC's Deerfield River Project (FERC 
No. 2323), which discharges directly into the Fife Brook impoundment.
    The project's current license requires Bear Swamp to release a 
continuous minimum flow of 125 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Fife 
Brook dam, and to use water from the Bear Swamp Pumped Storage 
Development to meet the required 125 cfs minimum flow as necessary. The 
existing license also requires Bear Swamp to provide 106 scheduled 
annual releases of 700 cfs for whitewater recreation downstream of the 
Fife Brook dam from April 1 through October 31.
    l. Locations of the Application: 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 website 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, please contact FERC Online Support at 
[email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-
8659 (TTY). A copy is also available for inspection and

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reproduction at the Rowe Town Library, located at 318 Zoar Road, Rowe, 
MA 01367; or the North Adams Public Library, located at 74 Church 
Street, North Adams, MA 01247.
    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: Pursuant to section 5.19(d) of the 
Commission's regulations, the Director, Office of Energy Projects will 
issue an order within 30 days of the filing date of the final license 
application to resolve study requests that were filed in comments on 
the draft license application. At this time, the application is 
expected to be processed according to the following preliminary Hydro 
Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made following the 
Director's determination on the study requests, or as otherwise 
appropriate.

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                  Milestone                           Target date
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Notice of Acceptance/Notice of Ready for       October 2018.
 Environmental Analysis.
Filing of recommendations, preliminary terms   December 2018.
 and conditions, and fishway prescriptions.
Commission issues Draft Environmental          June 2019.
 Assessment (EA).
Comments on Draft EA.........................  August 2019.
Modified terms and conditions................  October 2019.
Commission issues Final EA...................  January 2020.
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    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 12, 2018.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-08073 Filed 4-17-18; 8:45 am]
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