Hydroelectric Licensing Regulations Under America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018; Notice Establishing Schedule Pursuant to America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, 58243-58244 [2018-25177]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 223 / Monday, November 19, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER19–314–000] khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Bridgewater Power Company, L.P.; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Bridgewater Power Company, L.P.’s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant’s request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is December 3, 2018. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at https:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the November 29, 2018 ........................ December 12, 2018 ........................ January/February 2019 ................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Nov 16, 2018 above list. They are also available for electronic review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the website 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. Dated: November 13, 2018. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–25136 Filed 11–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. RM19–6–000; AD19–7–000; AD19–8–000] Hydroelectric Licensing Regulations Under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018; Notice Establishing Schedule Pursuant to America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 On October 23, 2018, the President signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (Act) into law. In addition to amending part 1 of the Federal Power Act as it relates to certain aspects of preliminary permits, qualifying conduit hydropower facilities, and hydropower licenses, the Act directs the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) to: (1) Issue a rule not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Act, establishing an expedited process for issuing and amending licenses for qualifying facilities at existing nonpowered dams that will seek to ensure a final decision by the Commission on an application for a license no later than two years after receipt of a completed application; (2) With the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Agriculture, jointly develop a list of existing nonpowered Federal dams that the Commission and the Secretaries agree have the greatest potential for non-Federal hydropower development, and make the list available to the public and provide the list to certain Committees of the House 58243 of Representatives and the Senate not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of the Act; (3) Issue a rule not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Act, establishing an expedited process for issuing and amending licenses for closed-loop pumped storage projects that will seek to ensure a final decision by the Commission on an application for a license by no later than two years after receipt of a completed application; and (4) Hold a workshop not later than six months after the date of enactment of the Act to explore potential opportunities for development of closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites, and issue guidance no later than one year after the date of enactment of the Act to assist applicants for licenses or preliminary permits for closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites. In establishing the expedited processes for issuing and amending licenses for qualifying facilities at existing nonpowered dams and closedloop pumped storage projects, sections 3003 and 3004 of the Act require the Commission to convene an interagency task force (ITF), with appropriate federal and state agencies and Indian tribes represented, to coordinate the regulatory processes associated with the authorizations required to construct and operate these projects. By concurrent notice, the Commission has invited federal and state agencies and Indian tribes to request participation on the ITF by filing a statement of interest with the Commission by November 29, 2018. The Commission has established three dockets in order to implement the requirements of the Act: RM19–6–000 (Licensing Regulations under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018); AD19–7–000 (Nonpowered Dams List); and AD19–8–000 (Closed-loop Pumped Storage Projects at Abandoned Mines Guidance). Because the Act requires the Commission to issue a rule establishing the expedited licensing processes not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Act, the Commission has established a schedule with abbreviated deadlines. The schedule, which is subject to change, is included below. Deadline for federal and state agencies and Indian tribes to file a statement requesting participation on the ITF. Commission staff will hold coordination session for the ITF to discuss proposals for the expedited licensing processes. Commission staff will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for the expedited licensing processes. Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1 58244 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 223 / Monday, November 19, 2018 / Notices February 2019 ................................. March 2019 ..................................... April 2019 ........................................ April 2019 ........................................ August 2019 .................................... September 2019 ............................. Commission staff will hold a workshop for closed-loop pumped storage project at abandoned mine sites. NOPR public comment period will close. Commission will issue final rule for expedited processes. Commission staff will provide applicable federal agencies, including the Secretaries of Army, Interior, and Agriculture, Commission staff’s draft list of existing nonpowered federal dams having the greatest potential for non-Federal hydropower development. Commission staff will issue the final nonpowered Federal dams list. Commission staff will issue guidance for closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites. For more information about this notice, please contact: Shana Wiseman (RM19–6–000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–8736, shana.wiseman@ ferc.gov. Kim Nguyen (AD19–7–000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–6105, kim.nguyen@ferc.gov. Monir Chowdhury (AD19–8–000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502–6736, monir.chowdhury@ferc.gov. Dated: November 13, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–25177 Filed 11–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RC11–6–008] khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES North American Electric Reliability Corporation; Notice of Filing Take notice that on November 1, 2018, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation submitted an annual report on Find, Fix, Track and Report and Compliance Exception programs, in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Orders.1 Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to 1 North American Electric Reliability Corp, 143 FERC ¶ 61,253 (2013); North American Electric Reliability Corp, 148 FERC ¶ 61,214 (2014); North American Electric Reliability Corp, Docket No. RC11–6–004 (Nov. 13, 2015) (delegated letter order). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Nov 16, 2018 Jkt 247001 become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at https://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at https://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the website 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. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 28, 2018. Dated: November 13, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–25176 Filed 11–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2197–128] Cube Yadkin Generation, LLC; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: a. Application Type: Shoreline Management Plan. b. Project No: 2197–128. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 c. Date Filed: September 25, 2018. d. Applicant: Cube Yadkin Generation, LLC. e. Name of Project: Yadkin Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The Yadkin and Pee Dee rivers in Stanly, Davidson, Montgomery, Rowan, and Davie counties, North Carolina. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a–825r. h. Applicant Contact: Mark Gross, Cube Hydro Carolinas, LLC, 293 Highway 740, Badin, NC 28009–0575, (704) 422–5774. i. FERC Contact: Mark Carter, (678) 245–3083, mark.carter@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests: December 13, 2018. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, motions to intervene, and protests using the Commission’s eFiling system at https://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 https:// 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. The first page of any filing should include docket number P–2197–128. Comments emailed to Commission staff are not considered part of the Commission record. The Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears 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 may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. E:\FR\FM\19NON1.SGM 19NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 223 (Monday, November 19, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-25177]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Docket Nos. RM19-6-000; AD19-7-000; AD19-8-000]


Hydroelectric Licensing Regulations Under America's Water 
Infrastructure Act of 2018; Notice Establishing Schedule Pursuant to 
America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

    On October 23, 2018, the President signed America's Water 
Infrastructure Act of 2018 (Act) into law. In addition to amending part 
1 of the Federal Power Act as it relates to certain aspects of 
preliminary permits, qualifying conduit hydropower facilities, and 
hydropower licenses, the Act directs the Federal Regulatory Commission 
(FERC or Commission) to:
    (1) Issue a rule not later than 180 days after the date of 
enactment of the Act, establishing an expedited process for issuing and 
amending licenses for qualifying facilities at existing nonpowered dams 
that will seek to ensure a final decision by the Commission on an 
application for a license no later than two years after receipt of a 
completed application;
    (2) With the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Interior, 
and the Secretary of Agriculture, jointly develop a list of existing 
nonpowered Federal dams that the Commission and the Secretaries agree 
have the greatest potential for non-Federal hydropower development, and 
make the list available to the public and provide the list to certain 
Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate not later 
than 12 months after the date of enactment of the Act;
    (3) Issue a rule not later than 180 days after the date of 
enactment of the Act, establishing an expedited process for issuing and 
amending licenses for closed-loop pumped storage projects that will 
seek to ensure a final decision by the Commission on an application for 
a license by no later than two years after receipt of a completed 
application; and
    (4) Hold a workshop not later than six months after the date of 
enactment of the Act to explore potential opportunities for development 
of closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites, and 
issue guidance no later than one year after the date of enactment of 
the Act to assist applicants for licenses or preliminary permits for 
closed-loop pumped storage projects at abandoned mine sites.
    In establishing the expedited processes for issuing and amending 
licenses for qualifying facilities at existing nonpowered dams and 
closed-loop pumped storage projects, sections 3003 and 3004 of the Act 
require the Commission to convene an interagency task force (ITF), with 
appropriate federal and state agencies and Indian tribes represented, 
to coordinate the regulatory processes associated with the 
authorizations required to construct and operate these projects. By 
concurrent notice, the Commission has invited federal and state 
agencies and Indian tribes to request participation on the ITF by 
filing a statement of interest with the Commission by November 29, 
2018.
    The Commission has established three dockets in order to implement 
the requirements of the Act: RM19-6-000 (Licensing Regulations under 
America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018); AD19-7-000 (Nonpowered 
Dams List); and AD19-8-000 (Closed-loop Pumped Storage Projects at 
Abandoned Mines Guidance).
    Because the Act requires the Commission to issue a rule 
establishing the expedited licensing processes not later than 180 days 
after the date of enactment of the Act, the Commission has established 
a schedule with abbreviated deadlines. The schedule, which is subject 
to change, is included below.

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November 29, 2018.................  Deadline for federal and state
                                     agencies and Indian tribes to file
                                     a statement requesting
                                     participation on the ITF.
December 12, 2018.................  Commission staff will hold
                                     coordination session for the ITF to
                                     discuss proposals for the expedited
                                     licensing processes.
January/February 2019.............  Commission staff will issue a Notice
                                     of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for
                                     the expedited licensing processes.

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February 2019.....................  Commission staff will hold a
                                     workshop for closed-loop pumped
                                     storage project at abandoned mine
                                     sites.
March 2019........................  NOPR public comment period will
                                     close.
April 2019........................  Commission will issue final rule for
                                     expedited processes.
April 2019........................  Commission staff will provide
                                     applicable federal agencies,
                                     including the Secretaries of Army,
                                     Interior, and Agriculture,
                                     Commission staff's draft list of
                                     existing nonpowered federal dams
                                     having the greatest potential for
                                     non-Federal hydropower development.
August 2019.......................  Commission staff will issue the
                                     final nonpowered Federal dams list.
September 2019....................  Commission staff will issue guidance
                                     for closed-loop pumped storage
                                     projects at abandoned mine sites.
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    For more information about this notice, please contact:

Shana Wiseman (RM19-6-000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 
502-8736, [email protected].
Kim Nguyen (AD19-7-000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 
502-6105, [email protected].
Monir Chowdhury (AD19-8-000), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, (202) 
502-6736, [email protected].

    Dated: November 13, 2018.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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