Southern California Edison Company; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission And Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments, 2121-2122 [2020-00387]

Download as PDF 2121 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 9 / Tuesday, January 14, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 15021–000] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Bard College, New York; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Exemption from Licensing. b. Project No.: 15021–000. c. Date Filed: December 23, 2019. d. Applicant: Bard College, New York. e. Name of Project: Annandale Micro Hydropower Project. f. Location: On Saw Kill, a tributary of the Hudson River, in the Town of Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York. The project does not occupy federal land. g. Filed Pursuant to: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, 16 U.S.C. 2705, 2708 (2018), amended by the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Public Law 113–23, 127 Stat. 493 (2013). h. Applicant Contact: Randy Clum, Director, Buildings and Grounds, Bard College, 30 Campus Road, Annandaleon-Hudson, NY 12504; and/or Joel Herm/Jan Borchert, Current Hydro, Inc., P.O. Box 224, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. i. FERC Contact: Monir Chowdhury at (202) 502–6736; or email at monir.chowdhury@ferc.gov. j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See, 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001). k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 CFR of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Jan 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: March 9, 2020. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status 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–15021–000. m. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. n. The proposed project would consist of: (1) An existing 240-foot-long dam that impounds a 3-acre reservoir; (2) three new 6-foot-diameter, 9.5-foot-high concrete cylindrical tanks, each housing a 4-kilowatt gravitational vortex turbinegenerator unit; (3) a new 240-volt, 60foot-long transmission line; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The project is estimated to generate an average of 61 megawatt-hours annually. The applicant proposes to operate the project in a runof-river mode. o. 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. p. Procedural schedule and final amendments: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate (e.g., if there are no deficiencies or a need for additional information, the schedule would be shortened). Issue Notice of Acceptance .. Issue Scoping Document 1 for comments. Comments on Scoping Document 1. Issue Scoping Document 2 (if necessary). PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 March 2020. April 2020. Issue Notice of Ready for Environmental Analysis. Commission issues EA ......... June 2020. December 2020. Dated: January 8, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–00388 Filed 1–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 298–081] Southern California Edison Company; Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission And Establishing Procedural Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments 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.: 298–081. c. Date Filed: December 23, 2019. d. Applicant: Southern California Edison Company. e. Name of Project: Kaweah Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: The existing project is located on the Kaweah River and East Fork Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The project occupies 176.26 acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The project incorporates non-project facilities (diversion structures and water conveyance facilities) located within Sequoia National Park, which are authorized by a National Park Service special use permit. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Wayne P. Allen, Principle Manager, Hydro Licensing and Implementation, Southern California Edison Company, 1515 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770, (626) 302–9741 or email at wayne.allen@ sce.com. i. FERC Contact: Jim Hastreiter, (503) 552–2760 or james.hastreiter@ferc.gov. j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. k. The Project Description: The Kaweah Project has three developments consisting of the following components. May 2020. Kaweah No. 1 June 2020. This development consists of: (1) A 20-foot-long and 6-foot-high concrete Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1 2122 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 9 / Tuesday, January 14, 2020 / Notices diversion dam on the East Fork Kaweah River, (2) a 30,723-foot-long steel flume, (3) a forebay tank, (4) a 3,340-foot-long penstock, and (4) a powerhouse with an impulse turbine rated at 2.25 megawatts (MW). Kaweah No. 2 This development consists of: (1) A 161-foot-long and 7-foot-high masonry diversion dam on the Kaweah River, (2) a 16,738-foot-long concrete-lined ditch, (3) a 3,822-foot-long steel flume, (4) a 1,047-foot-long steel pipe, (5) a forebay, (6) a 1,012-foot-long buried penstock, and (7) a powerhouse with a Francis turbine rated at 1.8 MW. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Kaweah No. 3 This development consists of: (1) A 2,580 foot-long concrete-lined flume, (2) an embankment forebay, (3) a 3,151 foot-long penstock, and (4) a powerhouse with two impulse turbines rated at a combined 4.8 MW. The project has a primary 4.09-milelong transmission line extending from the Kaweah No. 3 powerhouse to a substation, and two tap lines (120-footlong and 0.4-mile-long) connecting Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 powerhouses, respectively, to the primary line, and appurtenant facilities. Non-project Facilities The project makes use of several nonproject facilities located in Sequoia National Park. These facilities comprise portions of Kaweah No. 1 and No. 3 developments: (1) Two diversion structures on the Middle Fork and Marble Fork Kaweah Rivers, (2) a 21,000-foot-long steel flume that is the initial section of flowline which conveys water to the Kaweah No. 3 powerhouse, and (3) four small reservoirs on the East Fork Kaweah River. These facilities are operated under a special use permit (Permit No. PWR–SEKI–6000–2016–015) issued to SCE by the National Park Service, which expires on September 8, 2026. The project developments operate independently of one another and in a run-of-river mode. Water captured by the diversion structures is transported through connecting conveyance facilities and penstocks to the powerhouses for power generation and then returned to the river at the tailraces. A portion of the water in Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 flowlines is used to meet downstream contractual obligations for water delivery with pre1914 water users. The project forebays and diversion pools have minimal water storage capability of about 13 acre-feet (AF). The four small non-project reservoirs VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Jan 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 located on tributaries to the East Fork Kaweah River upstream of the Kaweah No. 1 diversion dam and within the Sequoia National Park store a maximum of 1,153 AF of water, which is used to generate power at the Kaweah No. 1 powerhouse. The project diversions create two bypassed river reaches. The Kaweah No. 1 development bypasses streamflow around 4.7 miles of the East Fork Kaweah River from the diversion dam to the confluence with the Kaweah River. The Kaweah No. 2 development bypasses streamflow around 4.1 miles of the Kaweah River from the diversion dam to the Kaweah No. 2 powerhouse tailrace. The volume and timing of streamflow diverted is a function of inflow, minimum flow and ramping rate requirements of the existing license, and the flow required to maintain sufficient head in the water conveyance facilities (flowlines) to meet downstream water delivery contractual obligations. The Kaweah No.1 development flowline has a maximum hydraulic capacity of 24 cubic feet per second (cfs), the Kaweah No. 2 development flowline has a maximum hydraulic capacity of 87 cfs, and the Kaweah No. 3 development flowline has a maximum hydraulic capacity of 97 cfs. To maintain sufficient head pressure to meet downstream water deliveries, SCE must maintain at least 1 cfs flow through the Kaweah No. 1 development and 3 cfs through the Kaweah No. 2 development. SCE is proposing to modify the existing project boundary to encompass all facilities necessary for operation and maintenance of the project, while removing lands that are not related to project functions. SCE proposes to include the existing Kaweah No. 1 forebay access road as a project facility. SCE proposes to remove part of the ramping rate requirement when increasing flows below the Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 diversion dams. The ramping rate in the existing license requires increasing and decreasing flows below Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 powerhouses to not be altered at a rate greater than 30 percent of the existing stream flow per hour. SCE also proposes to modify license article 405 to eliminate the need for future modification requests to resource agencies. Historically, SCE has requested approval from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to temporarily reduce minimum flow releases below Kaweah No. 1 diversion and Kaweah No. 2 diversion when projected inflows were approaching the combined flow necessary to meet both PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 water supply and minimum flow release requirements. These flow modifications were necessary to ensure compliance with required minimum flows based on uncertainty in actual runoff and inflow. SCE further proposes to remove required protective measures for the elderberry shrub, the host plant for the federally threatened valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). In 2014, the FWS determined that Tulare County was no longer considered within the valley elderberry longhorn beetle’s range. 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 at the address in item (h) above. 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 Notice of Acceptance/Notice of Ready for Environmental Analysis. Filing of recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and fishway prescriptions. Commission issues Draft EA Comments on Draft EA ......... Modified terms and conditions. Commission issues Final EA Target date February 2020. April 2020. October 2020. November 2020. January 2021. April 2021. 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: January 8, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–00387 Filed 1–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 298-081]


Southern California Edison Company; Notice of Application 
Tendered for Filing With the Commission And Establishing Procedural 
Schedule for Licensing and Deadline for Submission of Final Amendments

    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.: 298-081.
    c. Date Filed: December 23, 2019.
    d. Applicant: Southern California Edison Company.
    e. Name of Project: Kaweah Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: The existing project is located on the Kaweah River 
and East Fork Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The project 
occupies 176.26 acres of public lands administered by the Bureau of 
Land Management. The project incorporates non-project facilities 
(diversion structures and water conveyance facilities) located within 
Sequoia National Park, which are authorized by a National Park Service 
special use permit.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: Wayne P. Allen, Principle Manager, Hydro 
Licensing and Implementation, Southern California Edison Company, 1515 
Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770, (626) 302-9741 or email at 
[email protected].
    i. FERC Contact: Jim Hastreiter, (503) 552-2760 or 
[email protected].
    j. This application is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.
    k. The Project Description: The Kaweah Project has three 
developments consisting of the following components.

Kaweah No. 1

    This development consists of: (1) A 20-foot-long and 6-foot-high 
concrete

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diversion dam on the East Fork Kaweah River, (2) a 30,723-foot-long 
steel flume, (3) a forebay tank, (4) a 3,340-foot-long penstock, and 
(4) a powerhouse with an impulse turbine rated at 2.25 megawatts (MW).

Kaweah No. 2

    This development consists of: (1) A 161-foot-long and 7-foot-high 
masonry diversion dam on the Kaweah River, (2) a 16,738-foot-long 
concrete-lined ditch, (3) a 3,822-foot-long steel flume, (4) a 1,047-
foot-long steel pipe, (5) a forebay, (6) a 1,012-foot-long buried 
penstock, and (7) a powerhouse with a Francis turbine rated at 1.8 MW.

Kaweah No. 3

    This development consists of: (1) A 2,580 foot-long concrete-lined 
flume, (2) an embankment forebay, (3) a 3,151 foot-long penstock, and 
(4) a powerhouse with two impulse turbines rated at a combined 4.8 MW.
    The project has a primary 4.09-mile-long transmission line 
extending from the Kaweah No. 3 powerhouse to a substation, and two tap 
lines (120-foot-long and 0.4-mile-long) connecting Kaweah No. 1 and No. 
2 powerhouses, respectively, to the primary line, and appurtenant 
facilities.

Non-project Facilities

    The project makes use of several non-project facilities located in 
Sequoia National Park. These facilities comprise portions of Kaweah No. 
1 and No. 3 developments: (1) Two diversion structures on the Middle 
Fork and Marble Fork Kaweah Rivers, (2) a 21,000-foot-long steel flume 
that is the initial section of flowline which conveys water to the 
Kaweah No. 3 powerhouse, and (3) four small reservoirs on the East Fork 
Kaweah River. These facilities are operated under a special use permit 
(Permit No. PWR-SEKI-6000-2016-015) issued to SCE by the National Park 
Service, which expires on September 8, 2026.
    The project developments operate independently of one another and 
in a run-of-river mode. Water captured by the diversion structures is 
transported through connecting conveyance facilities and penstocks to 
the powerhouses for power generation and then returned to the river at 
the tailraces. A portion of the water in Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 
flowlines is used to meet downstream contractual obligations for water 
delivery with pre-1914 water users.
    The project forebays and diversion pools have minimal water storage 
capability of about 13 acre-feet (AF). The four small non-project 
reservoirs located on tributaries to the East Fork Kaweah River 
upstream of the Kaweah No. 1 diversion dam and within the Sequoia 
National Park store a maximum of 1,153 AF of water, which is used to 
generate power at the Kaweah No. 1 powerhouse.
    The project diversions create two bypassed river reaches. The 
Kaweah No. 1 development bypasses streamflow around 4.7 miles of the 
East Fork Kaweah River from the diversion dam to the confluence with 
the Kaweah River. The Kaweah No. 2 development bypasses streamflow 
around 4.1 miles of the Kaweah River from the diversion dam to the 
Kaweah No. 2 powerhouse tailrace.
    The volume and timing of streamflow diverted is a function of 
inflow, minimum flow and ramping rate requirements of the existing 
license, and the flow required to maintain sufficient head in the water 
conveyance facilities (flowlines) to meet downstream water delivery 
contractual obligations. The Kaweah No.1 development flowline has a 
maximum hydraulic capacity of 24 cubic feet per second (cfs), the 
Kaweah No. 2 development flowline has a maximum hydraulic capacity of 
87 cfs, and the Kaweah No. 3 development flowline has a maximum 
hydraulic capacity of 97 cfs. To maintain sufficient head pressure to 
meet downstream water deliveries, SCE must maintain at least 1 cfs flow 
through the Kaweah No. 1 development and 3 cfs through the Kaweah No. 2 
development.
    SCE is proposing to modify the existing project boundary to 
encompass all facilities necessary for operation and maintenance of the 
project, while removing lands that are not related to project 
functions. SCE proposes to include the existing Kaweah No. 1 forebay 
access road as a project facility.
    SCE proposes to remove part of the ramping rate requirement when 
increasing flows below the Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 diversion dams. The 
ramping rate in the existing license requires increasing and decreasing 
flows below Kaweah No. 1 and No. 2 powerhouses to not be altered at a 
rate greater than 30 percent of the existing stream flow per hour.
    SCE also proposes to modify license article 405 to eliminate the 
need for future modification requests to resource agencies. 
Historically, SCE has requested approval from California Department of 
Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to 
temporarily reduce minimum flow releases below Kaweah No. 1 diversion 
and Kaweah No. 2 diversion when projected inflows were approaching the 
combined flow necessary to meet both water supply and minimum flow 
release requirements. These flow modifications were necessary to ensure 
compliance with required minimum flows based on uncertainty in actual 
runoff and inflow.
    SCE further proposes to remove required protective measures for the 
elderberry shrub, the host plant for the federally threatened valley 
elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus). In 
2014, the FWS determined that Tulare County was no longer considered 
within the valley elderberry longhorn beetle's range.
    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 at 
the address in item (h) above.
    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 for    February 2020.
 Environmental Analysis.
Filing of recommendations, preliminary      April 2020.
 terms and conditions, and fishway
 prescriptions.
Commission issues Draft EA................  October 2020.
Comments on Draft EA......................  November 2020.
Modified terms and conditions.............  January 2021.
Commission issues Final EA................  April 2021.
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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: January 8, 2020.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2020-00387 Filed 1-13-20; 8:45 am]
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