Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments; Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company, 71911-71912 [2019-28071]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices Pipeline’s Louisiana Connector Project to relocate the compressor station associated with the pipeline from a location in Allen Parish, Louisiana at pipeline milepost (MP) 96.2 to a location in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana at MP 72.3. Also, the Amendment Application proposes to relocate the site of one previously-approved interconnection with Texas Eastern Transmission and to construct appurtenant facilities and add interconnection facilities with three additional interstate pipeline companies, Cameron Interstate Pipeline, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line, and LA Storage Pipeline, all as more fully set forth in the application, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the web 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 at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free, (866) 208–3676 or TTY, (202) 502–8659. Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Jerrod L. Harrison, 488 8th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 696–2987, jharrison@ sempraglobal.com. Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission’s rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission’s public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission’s public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff’s FEIS or EA. There are two ways to become involved in the Commission’s review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 with the requirements of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 3 copies of filings made with the Commission and must provide a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding. However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission’s rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest. Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commentors will be placed on the Commission’s environmental mailing list and will be notified of any meetings associated with the Commission’s environmental review process. Environmental commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission’s final order. As of the February 27, 2018 date of the Commission’s order in Docket No. CP16–4–001, the Commission will apply its revised practice concerning out-of-time motions to intervene in any new Natural Gas Act section 3 or section 7 proceeding.2 Persons desiring to become a party to a certificate proceeding are to intervene in a timely manner. If seeking to intervene out-oftime, the movant is required to ‘‘show good cause why the time limitation should be waived,’’ and should provide 2 Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., 162 FERC ¶ 61,167 at ¶ 50 (2018). PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71911 justification by reference to factors set forth in Rule 214(d)(1) of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations.3 The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the eFiling link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 3 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 10, 2020. Dated: December 20, 2019. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–28117 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2368–059] Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments; Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License. b. Project No.: 2368–059. c. Date Filed: December 3, 2019. d. Applicant: Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company (Algonquin). e. Name of Project: Scopan Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The existing project is located on Scopan Stream in the Town of Masardis in Aroostook County, Maine. 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: Ian MacRobbie, Vice President, Operations, Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company, 26 Canal Bank, Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096; Telephone (905) 465–6119. 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. 3 18 E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM CFR 385.214(d)(1). 30DEN1 71912 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices k. Project Description: The existing Scopan Hydroelectric Project consists of: (1) A 750-foot-long dam that includes: (a) A 330-foot-long, 45-foothigh earthen embankment section (north embankment) with a 194-foot-long, 49foot-high concrete retaining wall at the downstream end of the embankment; (b) a 24-foot-long, 45-foot-high concrete gravity spillway section with a crest elevation of 590 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD) and a single 13.5-foot-high spillway gate with two 10-inch-diameter minimum flow butterfly valves; (c) a 26-foot-long, 48foot-high concrete intake and powerhouse section that includes: (i) Two 12-inch-wide head gates and trashracks with 3-inch clear-bar spacing; and (ii) a 26-foot-long, 49-foot-high concrete powerhouse with a single 1.5megawatt vertical propeller turbinegenerator unit; and (d) a 370-foot-long, 45-foot-high earthen embankment section (south embankment) with a 135.5-foot-long, 45-foot-high concrete retaining wall at the downstream end of the embankment; (2) an approximately 15-mile-long, 5,000-acre impoundment (Scopan Lake) with a useable storage volume of 57,920 acre-feet between elevations 590.5 and 603.2 feet NGVD; (3) three 13.45/2.4-kilovolt transformers and switch gear that connect the generator to Emera, Maine’s regional transmission line; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The project operates in a store and release mode in which the impoundment is drawdown from January through March of each year to meet electricity demand in the winter. During the spring and summer, the impoundment is maintained at or near the full pond levels to protect and enhance fisheries, wetlands, wildlife and recreational resources. Algonquin manages the project to augment flows in the Aroostook River downstream of the project for generation at the Aroostook River Project No. 2367 and the Tinker Falls Project, the latter of which is located in New Brunswick Canada and is not a FERC-licensed project. The Scopan Project had an average annual generation of approximately 878,913 kilowatt-hours from 2012 through 2018. The project’s current license requires Algonquin to: (1) To maintain Scopan Lake water levels as follows: (a) From May 15 to July 31, fluctuate Scopan Lake by no more than one foot; (b) from July 16 to Labor Day, target Scopan Lake between 601.0 to 603.0 feet NGVD; and (c) from October 1 to November 15, maintain Scopan Lake at or above 601.0 feet NGVD; (2) release minimum flows of 21 cubic feet per second (cfs) from December 1 through May 15, and 25 cfs from May 16 through November 30; (3) close one of the two minimum flow valves if Scopan Lake falls below 601.5 feet NGVD; (4) close both minimum flow valves if Scopan Lake falls below 601 feet NGVD; and (5) limit the maximum discharge from the project to not more than 600 cfs from April 1 to November 30. Algonquin proposes to: (1) Maintain Scopan Lake water surface elevations as follows: (a) From June 1 to July 31 limit water level fluctuations in Scopan Lake to no more than 0.5 vertical foot upward or 1.0 vertical foot downward within any 28-day period from June 1 through July 31;(b) from August 1 through Labor Day, maintain the water elevation of Scopan Lake between 601.0 and 603.0 feet NGVD; (c) from October 1 through November 15, maintain the water elevation of Scopan Lake above 601.0 feet NGVD; (d) limit winter drawdowns of Scopan Lake to no lower than 595.3 feet NGVD from November 16 to May 14; (2) limit the maximum discharge from the project to not more than 600 cfs from June 1 to November 30; and (3) continue to release a continuous minimum flow of 21 cfs including leakage from the minimum flow valves unless water levels in Scopan Lake fall below 601.5 feet NGVD from May 16 through November 30, in which case one valve would be closed. 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 reproduction the Ashland Community Library, 57 Exchange Street, Ashland, Maine 04732. 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: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as 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 Environmental Assessment ..................................................................................................................... Comments on the EA .............................................................................................................................................................. Modified terms and conditions ................................................................................................................................................. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 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: December 17, 2019. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC20–5–000] Jkt 250001 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice of information collection and request for comments. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the requirements and burden of the information collection described below. SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC–923); Comment Request; Extension [FR Doc. 2019–28071 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] April 2020. June 2020. September 2020. October 2020. December 2020. Comments on the collection of information are due February 28, 2020. DATES: You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC20–5–000) by either of the following methods: ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 249 (Monday, December 30, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 2368-059]


Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and 
Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for 
Submission of Final Amendments; Algonquin Northern Maine Generating 
Company

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License.
    b. Project No.: 2368-059.
    c. Date Filed: December 3, 2019.
    d. Applicant: Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company 
(Algonquin).
    e. Name of Project: Scopan Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: The existing project is located on Scopan Stream in 
the Town of Masardis in Aroostook County, Maine. 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: Ian MacRobbie, Vice President, Operations, 
Algonquin Northern Maine Generating Company, 26 Canal Bank, Windsor 
Locks, Connecticut 06096; Telephone (905) 465-6119.
    i. FERC Contact: John Baummer, (202) 502-6837 or 
[email protected].
    j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.

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    k. Project Description: The existing Scopan Hydroelectric Project 
consists of: (1) A 750-foot-long dam that includes: (a) A 330-foot-
long, 45-foot-high earthen embankment section (north embankment) with a 
194-foot-long, 49-foot-high concrete retaining wall at the downstream 
end of the embankment; (b) a 24-foot-long, 45-foot-high concrete 
gravity spillway section with a crest elevation of 590 feet National 
Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD) and a single 13.5-foot-high 
spillway gate with two 10-inch-diameter minimum flow butterfly valves; 
(c) a 26-foot-long, 48-foot-high concrete intake and powerhouse section 
that includes: (i) Two 12-inch-wide head gates and trashracks with 3-
inch clear-bar spacing; and (ii) a 26-foot-long, 49-foot-high concrete 
powerhouse with a single 1.5-megawatt vertical propeller turbine-
generator unit; and (d) a 370-foot-long, 45-foot-high earthen 
embankment section (south embankment) with a 135.5-foot-long, 45-foot-
high concrete retaining wall at the downstream end of the embankment; 
(2) an approximately 15-mile-long, 5,000-acre impoundment (Scopan Lake) 
with a useable storage volume of 57,920 acre-feet between elevations 
590.5 and 603.2 feet NGVD; (3) three 13.45/2.4-kilovolt transformers 
and switch gear that connect the generator to Emera, Maine's regional 
transmission line; and (4) appurtenant facilities.
    The project operates in a store and release mode in which the 
impoundment is drawdown from January through March of each year to meet 
electricity demand in the winter. During the spring and summer, the 
impoundment is maintained at or near the full pond levels to protect 
and enhance fisheries, wetlands, wildlife and recreational resources. 
Algonquin manages the project to augment flows in the Aroostook River 
downstream of the project for generation at the Aroostook River Project 
No. 2367 and the Tinker Falls Project, the latter of which is located 
in New Brunswick Canada and is not a FERC-licensed project. The Scopan 
Project had an average annual generation of approximately 878,913 
kilowatt-hours from 2012 through 2018.
    The project's current license requires Algonquin to: (1) To 
maintain Scopan Lake water levels as follows: (a) From May 15 to July 
31, fluctuate Scopan Lake by no more than one foot; (b) from July 16 to 
Labor Day, target Scopan Lake between 601.0 to 603.0 feet NGVD; and (c) 
from October 1 to November 15, maintain Scopan Lake at or above 601.0 
feet NGVD; (2) release minimum flows of 21 cubic feet per second (cfs) 
from December 1 through May 15, and 25 cfs from May 16 through November 
30; (3) close one of the two minimum flow valves if Scopan Lake falls 
below 601.5 feet NGVD; (4) close both minimum flow valves if Scopan 
Lake falls below 601 feet NGVD; and (5) limit the maximum discharge 
from the project to not more than 600 cfs from April 1 to November 30.
    Algonquin proposes to: (1) Maintain Scopan Lake water surface 
elevations as follows: (a) From June 1 to July 31 limit water level 
fluctuations in Scopan Lake to no more than 0.5 vertical foot upward or 
1.0 vertical foot downward within any 28-day period from June 1 through 
July 31;(b) from August 1 through Labor Day, maintain the water 
elevation of Scopan Lake between 601.0 and 603.0 feet NGVD; (c) from 
October 1 through November 15, maintain the water elevation of Scopan 
Lake above 601.0 feet NGVD; (d) limit winter drawdowns of Scopan Lake 
to no lower than 595.3 feet NGVD from November 16 to May 14; (2) limit 
the maximum discharge from the project to not more than 600 cfs from 
June 1 to November 30; and (3) continue to release a continuous minimum 
flow of 21 cfs including leakage from the minimum flow valves unless 
water levels in Scopan Lake fall below 601.5 feet NGVD from May 16 
through November 30, in which case one valve would be closed.
    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 reproduction 
the Ashland Community Library, 57 Exchange Street, Ashland, Maine 
04732.
    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: The application will be processed according 
to the following preliminary Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the 
schedule may be made as appropriate.

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              Milestone                           Target Date
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Notice of Acceptance/Notice of Ready   April 2020.
 for Environmental Analysis.
Filing of recommendations,             June 2020.
 preliminary terms and conditions,
 and fishway prescriptions.
Commission issues Environmental        September 2020.
 Assessment.
Comments on the EA...................  October 2020.
Modified terms and conditions........  December 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: December 17, 2019.
Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-28071 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am]
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