Notice of Scoping Meetings and Environmental Site Review and Soliciting Scoping Comments, 55707-55708 [2018-24332]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 216 / Wednesday, November 7, 2018 / Notices Signed in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2018. Christopher Lawrence, Management and Program Analyst, Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance, Office of Electricity. [FR Doc. 2018–24358 Filed 11–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–463] Application To Export Electric Energy; Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC Office of Electricity, Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC (BETM or Applicant) has applied for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to the Federal Power Act. SUMMARY: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before December 7, 2018. ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity, Mail Code: OE– 20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0350. Because of delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to Electricity.Exports@ hq.doe.gov, or by facsimile to 202–586– 8008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country are regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b) and 7172(f)) and require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). On October 19, 2018, DOE received an application from BETM for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer for a five-year term using existing international transmission facilities. BETM is also certified as a Qualified Scheduling Entity with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and is registered as a wholesale power marketer with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In its application, BETM states that it ‘‘does not own, operate, or control any electric power supply system in the amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Nov 06, 2018 Jkt 247001 United States’’ and that it ‘‘does not have a franchised service area.’’ The electric energy that the Applicant proposes to export to Canada would be surplus energy purchased from third parties such as electric utilities and other suppliers within the United States pursuant to voluntary agreements. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by BETM have previously been authorized by Presidential Permits issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties. Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become a party to these proceedings should file a motion to intervene at the above address in accordance with FERC Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five (5) copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above. Comments and other filings concerning BETM’s application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly marked with OE Docket No. EA–463. An additional copy is to be provided to both Jay Goldman, Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC, 1 International Place, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, and Tracey L. Bradley, Bracewell LLP, 2001 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036. A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and after a determination is made by DOE that the proposed action will not have an adverse impact on the sufficiency of supply or reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system. Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by accessing the program website at http://energy.gov/ node/11845, or by emailing Angela Troy at Angela.Troy@hq.doe.gov. Signed in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2018. Christopher Lawrence, Management and Program Analyst, Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance, Office of Electricity. [FR Doc. 2018–24353 Filed 11–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55707 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2883–009] Notice of Scoping Meetings and Environmental Site Review and Soliciting Scoping Comments 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.: 2883–009. c. Date filed: May 30, 2018. d. Applicant: Aquenergy Systems, LLC. e. Name of Project: Fries Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On the New River in the Town of Fries, Grayson County, Virginia. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located within the project boundary. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Beth E. Harris, P.E., Southeast Regional Manager, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., 11 Anderson Street, Piedmont, SC 29673, Phone: (864) 846– 0042 ext. 100, Email: beth.harris@ enel.com, or Mr. Kevin Webb, Hydro Licensing Manager, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., 100 Brickstone Square, Suite 300, Andover, MA 01810, Phone: (978) 935–6039, Email: kevin.webb@enel.com. i. FERC Contact: Brandi Sangunett, Phone: 202–502–8393, Email: brandi.sangunett@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: January 7, 2019. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and protests using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. 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. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–2883–009. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 55708 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 216 / Wednesday, November 7, 2018 / Notices may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. This application has been accepted, but is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. l. The existing Fries Hydroelectric Project (Fries Project) consists of: (1) A 41-foot-high, 610-foot-long rock masonry dam with a 500-foot-long spillway; (2) an impoundment with an 88-acre surface area at the normal pool elevation (spillway crest elevation) of 2,188.27 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29); (3) an approximately 750-foot-long, 110-footwide intake canal with four 15.5-foothigh, 6.5-foot-wide headgates; (4) a canal spillway consisting of 10 stoplog bays totaling 47 feet in width; (5) two 12.5-foot-high, 5.0-foot-wide canal gates; (6) a 28-foot-long, 10.5-square-foot concrete penstock to supply water to the unit 4 powerhouse; (7) a steel powerhouse that contains a single vertical Kaplan turbine with a capacity of 2.1 megawatts (MW) that discharges into a 180-foot-long, 75-foot-wide, 12foot-deep tailrace; (8) a masonry powerhouse that contains one vertical and two horizontal Francis turbines with a total capacity of 3.0 MW that discharges into a 180-foot-long, 120foot-wide, 12-foot-deep tailrace; (9) a 500-foot-long, 450-foot-wide bypassed reach that extends from the toe of the dam to the confluence with the tailraces; (10) a 567-foot-long, 13.2kilovolt (kV) transmission line that runs from the steel powerhouse to the interconnection point with the grid; (11) a 130-foot-long transmission line that connects the masonry powerhouse to a 5,000 kilovolt-amp step-up transformer and an additional 323-foot-long, 13.2-kV transmission line leading from the transformer to the interconnection point; and (12) appurtenant facilities. Aquenergy is proposing two modifications to the existing Fries Project boundary. First, the project boundary upstream of the canal intake would be expanded to include all of Aquenergy’s existing property on the north bank of the New River out to the right-of-way for Route 94 and upstream of the dam to encompass the impoundment access area. Second, Aquenergy’s existing powerhouse access road easement between Route 94 and the masonry powerhouse would be included in the project boundary. As proposed, the project boundary would encompass 5.34 acres of land. The Fries Project is operated in a runof-river mode. For the period 2003 through 2016, the average annual VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Nov 06, 2018 Jkt 247001 generation at the Fries Project was 26,150 megawatt-hours. m. 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, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above. 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. Scoping Process: The Commission intends to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the project in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EA will consider both site-specific and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives to the proposed action. Scoping Meetings In addition to written comments solicited by this SD1, we will hold two public scoping meetings in the vicinity of the project. An evening meeting will focus on receiving input from the public, and a daytime meeting will focus on concerns of the resource agencies, NGO’s, and Indian tribes. We invite all interested agencies, Indian tribes, NGOs, and individuals to attend one or both of the meetings to assist us in identifying the scope of environmental issues that should be analyzed in the EA. The times and locations of the meetings are as follows: Public Scoping Meeting Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Time: 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Place: Fries Community Center. Address: 316 W. Main Street, Fries, VA 24330. Agency Scoping Meeting Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018. Time: 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Place: Fries Community Center. Address: 316 W. Main Street, Fries, VA 24330. Copies of the Scoping Document (SD1) outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission’s mailing list. Copies of the SD1 will be available at the scoping meeting or may be viewed on the web at http:// www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link (see item m above). PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Environmental Site Review The Applicant and FERC staff will conduct a project Environmental Site Review beginning at 2 p.m. on December 5, 2018. All interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend. All participants should meet at the Fries Hydropower Project, 616 W. Main Street, Fries, VA 24330. All participants are responsible for their own transportation to the site. Anyone with questions about the Environmental Site Review should contact Mr. Kevin Webb of Aquenergy Systems, LLC at (978) 935–6039 or Kevin.Webb@enel.com. Those individuals planning to participate in the Environmental Site Review should notify Mr. Webb of their intent, no later than November 30, 2018. Objectives At the scoping meetings, the staff will: (1) Summarize the environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the EA; (2) solicit from the meeting participants all available information, especially quantifiable data, on the resources at issue; (3) encourage statements from experts and the public on issues that should be analyzed in the EA, including viewpoints in opposition to, or in support of, the staff’s preliminary views; (4) determine the resource issues to be addressed in the EA; and (5) identify those issues that require a detailed analysis, as well as those issues that do not require a detailed analysis. Procedures The meetings are recorded by a stenographer and become part of the formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project. Individuals, organizations, and agencies with environmental expertise and concerns are encouraged to attend the meeting and to assist the staff in defining and clarifying the issues to be addressed in the EA. Dated: November 1, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–24332 Filed 11–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2883-009]


Notice of Scoping Meetings and Environmental Site Review and 
Soliciting Scoping Comments

    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.: 2883-009.
    c. Date filed: May 30, 2018.
    d. Applicant: Aquenergy Systems, LLC.
    e. Name of Project: Fries Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: On the New River in the Town of Fries, Grayson County, 
Virginia. No federal lands are occupied by the project works or located 
within the project boundary.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Beth E. Harris, P.E., Southeast Regional 
Manager, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., 11 Anderson Street, 
Piedmont, SC 29673, Phone: (864) 846-0042 ext. 100, Email: 
[email protected], or Mr. Kevin Webb, Hydro Licensing Manager, Enel 
Green Power North America, Inc., 100 Brickstone Square, Suite 300, 
Andover, MA 01810, Phone: (978) 935-6039, Email: [email protected].
    i. FERC Contact: Brandi Sangunett, Phone: 202-502-8393, Email: 
[email protected].
    j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: January 7, 2019.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
motions to intervene and protests using the Commission's eFiling system 
at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. 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-2883-009.
    The Commission's Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing 
documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each 
person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an 
intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to 
the merits of an issue that

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may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they 
must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency.
    k. This application has been accepted, but is not ready for 
environmental analysis at this time.
    l. The existing Fries Hydroelectric Project (Fries Project) 
consists of: (1) A 41-foot-high, 610-foot-long rock masonry dam with a 
500-foot-long spillway; (2) an impoundment with an 88-acre surface area 
at the normal pool elevation (spillway crest elevation) of 2,188.27 
feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29); (3) an 
approximately 750-foot-long, 110-foot-wide intake canal with four 15.5-
foot-high, 6.5-foot-wide headgates; (4) a canal spillway consisting of 
10 stoplog bays totaling 47 feet in width; (5) two 12.5-foot-high, 5.0-
foot-wide canal gates; (6) a 28-foot-long, 10.5-square-foot concrete 
penstock to supply water to the unit 4 powerhouse; (7) a steel 
powerhouse that contains a single vertical Kaplan turbine with a 
capacity of 2.1 megawatts (MW) that discharges into a 180-foot-long, 
75-foot-wide, 12-foot-deep tailrace; (8) a masonry powerhouse that 
contains one vertical and two horizontal Francis turbines with a total 
capacity of 3.0 MW that discharges into a 180-foot-long, 120-foot-wide, 
12-foot-deep tailrace; (9) a 500-foot-long, 450-foot-wide bypassed 
reach that extends from the toe of the dam to the confluence with the 
tailraces; (10) a 567-foot-long, 13.2-kilovolt (kV) transmission line 
that runs from the steel powerhouse to the interconnection point with 
the grid; (11) a 130-foot-long transmission line that connects the 
masonry powerhouse to a 5,000 kilovolt-amp step-up transformer and an 
additional 323-foot-long, 13.2-kV transmission line leading from the 
transformer to the interconnection point; and (12) appurtenant 
facilities.
    Aquenergy is proposing two modifications to the existing Fries 
Project boundary. First, the project boundary upstream of the canal 
intake would be expanded to include all of Aquenergy's existing 
property on the north bank of the New River out to the right-of-way for 
Route 94 and upstream of the dam to encompass the impoundment access 
area. Second, Aquenergy's existing powerhouse access road easement 
between Route 94 and the masonry powerhouse would be included in the 
project boundary. As proposed, the project boundary would encompass 
5.34 acres of land.
    The Fries Project is operated in a run-of-river mode. For the 
period 2003 through 2016, the average annual generation at the Fries 
Project was 26,150 megawatt-hours.
    m. 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, contact 
FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and 
reproduction at the address in item h above.
    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. Scoping Process: The Commission intends to prepare an 
environmental assessment (EA) on the project in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act. The EA will consider both site-
specific and cumulative environmental impacts and reasonable 
alternatives to the proposed action.

Scoping Meetings

    In addition to written comments solicited by this SD1, we will hold 
two public scoping meetings in the vicinity of the project. An evening 
meeting will focus on receiving input from the public, and a daytime 
meeting will focus on concerns of the resource agencies, NGO's, and 
Indian tribes. We invite all interested agencies, Indian tribes, NGOs, 
and individuals to attend one or both of the meetings to assist us in 
identifying the scope of environmental issues that should be analyzed 
in the EA. The times and locations of the meetings are as follows:

Public Scoping Meeting

    Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
    Time: 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
    Place: Fries Community Center.
    Address: 316 W. Main Street, Fries, VA 24330.

Agency Scoping Meeting

    Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018.
    Time: 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
    Place: Fries Community Center.
    Address: 316 W. Main Street, Fries, VA 24330.
    Copies of the Scoping Document (SD1) outlining the subject areas to 
be addressed in the EA were distributed to the parties on the 
Commission's mailing list. Copies of the SD1 will be available at the 
scoping meeting or may be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov 
using the ``eLibrary'' link (see item m above).

Environmental Site Review

    The Applicant and FERC staff will conduct a project Environmental 
Site Review beginning at 2 p.m. on December 5, 2018. All interested 
individuals, organizations, and agencies are invited to attend. All 
participants should meet at the Fries Hydropower Project, 616 W. Main 
Street, Fries, VA 24330. All participants are responsible for their own 
transportation to the site. Anyone with questions about the 
Environmental Site Review should contact Mr. Kevin Webb of Aquenergy 
Systems, LLC at (978) 935-6039 or [email protected] Those 
individuals planning to participate in the Environmental Site Review 
should notify Mr. Webb of their intent, no later than November 30, 
2018.

Objectives

    At the scoping meetings, the staff will: (1) Summarize the 
environmental issues tentatively identified for analysis in the EA; (2) 
solicit from the meeting participants all available information, 
especially quantifiable data, on the resources at issue; (3) encourage 
statements from experts and the public on issues that should be 
analyzed in the EA, including viewpoints in opposition to, or in 
support of, the staff's preliminary views; (4) determine the resource 
issues to be addressed in the EA; and (5) identify those issues that 
require a detailed analysis, as well as those issues that do not 
require a detailed analysis.

Procedures

    The meetings are recorded by a stenographer and become part of the 
formal record of the Commission proceeding on the project.
    Individuals, organizations, and agencies with environmental 
expertise and concerns are encouraged to attend the meeting and to 
assist the staff in defining and clarifying the issues to be addressed 
in the EA.

    Dated: November 1, 2018.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-24332 Filed 11-6-18; 8:45 am]
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