Blackstone Hydro Associates; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments, 7548-7549 [2020-02580]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 7548 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2020 / Notices Filed Date: 2/4/20. Accession Number: 20200204–5000. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 2/25/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–947–000. Applicants: NorthWestern Corporation. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: SA 767 8th Rev—NITSA with Basin Electric Power Cooperative to be effective 2/5/2020. Filed Date: 2/4/20. Accession Number: 20200204–5001. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 2/25/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–948–000. Applicants: Southwestern Public Service Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: SPS Wholesale Fuel Factor Modification to be effective 12/1/2019. Filed Date: 2/4/20. Accession Number: 20200204–5030. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 2/25/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–949–000. Applicants: NorthWestern Corporation. Description: 2019 Post-Retirement Benefits Other than Pensions of Northwestern Corporation. Filed Date: 2/3/20. Accession Number: 20200203–5246. 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Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Original ISA, SA No. 5561; Queue No. AC1–043 to be effective 1/14/2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 Filed Date: 2/4/20. Accession Number: 20200204–5084. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 2/25/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–954–000. Applicants: Ohio Power Company, AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc., PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: AEP submits ILDSA, SA No. 1336 and 2 Facilities Agreements to be effective 4/4/2020. Filed Date: 2/4/20. Accession Number: 20200204–5088. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 2/25/20. 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: February 4, 2020. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–02556 Filed 2–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RP20–481–000] BP Energy Company v. Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC; Notice of Complaint Take notice that on January 31, 2020, pursuant to Rule 206 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.206 (2019), BP Energy Company, (Complainants) filed a formal complaint against Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC, (Respondent) requesting the Commission to direct the Respondent to follow its presently effective FERC Gas Tariff (Tariff), Section 4 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and the Commission’s regulations thereunder, all as more fully explained in the complaint. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Complainant certifies that copies of the complaint were served on Respondent’s corporate representatives designated on the Commission’s Corporate Officials List. 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 become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. The Respondent’s answer and all interventions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. The Respondent’s answer, motions to intervene, and protests must be served on the Complainants. The Commission encourages electronic submission of 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 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 http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is 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. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on February 20, 2020. Dated: February 4, 2020. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–02554 Filed 2–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 3063–021] Blackstone Hydro Associates; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 27 / Monday, February 10, 2020 / Notices a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License. b. Project No.: 3063–021. c. Date filed: July 31, 2019. d. Applicant: Blackstone Hydro Associates (BHA). e. Name of Project: Central Falls Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On the Blackstone River, in the City of Central Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island. 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: Mr. Robert Leahy, 130 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139; Phone at (617) 491–2320, or email at rleahy@theshorelinecorp.com. i. FERC Contact: John Baummer, 202– 502–6837, or john.baummer@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: March 1, 2020. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file scoping comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://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 http:// 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–3063–021. 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 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 is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. l. The existing Central Falls Project consists of: (1) A 190-foot-long, 24-foothigh, curved granite-masonry dam (Valley Falls Dam); (2) an approximately 64.5-acre impoundment with a normal maximum elevation of 49.5 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 1929); (3) a granite block and wood-framed gatehouse that is adjacent to the dam and that contains ten gates that are 9 feet wide by 6 feet VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 tall; (4) a 290-foot-long, granite blocklined headrace; (5) an intake structure with two 8-foot-high hydraulic gates and 24-foot-wide, 11.5-foot-high, inclined trashracks having 3-inch clear bar spacing; (6) two 30-foot-long, 7-footdiameter penstocks; (7) an approximately 53-foot-long, 32-footwide concrete powerhouse containing two Allis-Chalmers tube turbines with a total installed capacity of 700 kilowatts (kW); (8) an approximately 1,200-footlong, 36-foot-wide tailrace; (9) two 480volt generator lead lines; and (10) appurtenant facilities. BHA operates the project as a run-ofriver facility, such that outflow from the project approximates inflow. The project bypasses approximately 0.3 mile of the Blackstone River. A 108-cubic feet per second (cfs) minimum flow is released over the dam into the bypassed reach. BHA discharges a continuous minimum flow of 238 cfs, or inflow, whichever is less, as measured at the confluence of the tailrace and the river channel. The average annual generation of the project is approximately 1,230 megawatt-hours (MWh). BHA proposes to: (1) Continue operating the project in a run-of-river mode; (2) retrofit the two existing turbines with variable pitch blade runners to allow for the project to be operated at different flows; (3) install a new bypassed flow pipe to provide a minimum flow of 210 cfs to the bypassed reach, approximately 215 feet downstream of the dam; (4) install a new 160-kW ‘‘fish friendly’’ turbinegenerator unit in the proposed bypassed flow pipe to increase the project’s capacity and provide downstream fish passage; (5) install a new trashrack with 1-inch clear bar spacing in the headrace to prevent fish impingement and entrainment; (6) install a new downstream fish passage facility in the headrace, immediately upstream of the new trashrack; (7) maintain a 13-cfs aesthetic flow over the Valley Falls Dam; (8) provide a flow of up to 3 cfs to the adjacent historic canal; (9) install an upstream eel passage facility at the project dam; and (10) install 20 longeared bat boxes and implement a Northern Long Eared Bat Management and Protection Plan to protect bats. BHA estimates the project enhancements will result in an average annual generation of approximately 3,200 MWh. 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 address the PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7549 document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at 1485 High Street Central Falls, RI 02863. n. 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. o. Scoping Process. Commission staff intend to prepare a single Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Central Falls Hydroelectric 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. At this time, we do not anticipate holding on-site public or agency scoping meetings. Instead, we are soliciting your comments and suggestions on the preliminary list of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EA, as described in scoping document 1 (SD1), issued January 31, 2020. Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission’s mailing list and the applicant’s distribution list. Copies of SD1 may 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, call 1–866– 208–3676 or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. Dated: January 31, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–02580 Filed 2–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [WC Docket No. 10–90, CC Docket No. 01– 92; FCC 19–131; FRS 16472] Connect America Fund; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime; Correction Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: The Federal Communications Commission published a document in the Federal Register of January 30, 2020, clarifying its interpretation of the VoIP Symmetry Rule. The document contained incorrect dates. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 27 (Monday, February 10, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 3063-021]


Blackstone Hydro Associates; Notice Soliciting Scoping Comments

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been 
filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.

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    a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License.
    b. Project No.: 3063-021.
    c. Date filed: July 31, 2019.
    d. Applicant: Blackstone Hydro Associates (BHA).
    e. Name of Project: Central Falls Hydroelectric Project.
    f. Location: On the Blackstone River, in the City of Central Falls, 
Providence County, Rhode Island. 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: Mr. Robert Leahy, 130 Prospect Street, 
Cambridge, MA 02139; Phone at (617) 491-2320, or email at 
[email protected].
    i. FERC Contact: John Baummer, 202-502-6837, or 
[email protected].
    j. Deadline for filing scoping comments: March 1, 2020.
    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file 
scoping comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://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 http://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 
[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-3063-021.
    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 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 is not ready for environmental analysis at this 
time.
    l. The existing Central Falls Project consists of: (1) A 190-foot-
long, 24-foot-high, curved granite-masonry dam (Valley Falls Dam); (2) 
an approximately 64.5-acre impoundment with a normal maximum elevation 
of 49.5 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 1929); (3) 
a granite block and wood-framed gatehouse that is adjacent to the dam 
and that contains ten gates that are 9 feet wide by 6 feet tall; (4) a 
290-foot-long, granite block-lined headrace; (5) an intake structure 
with two 8-foot-high hydraulic gates and 24-foot-wide, 11.5-foot-high, 
inclined trashracks having 3-inch clear bar spacing; (6) two 30-foot-
long, 7-foot-diameter penstocks; (7) an approximately 53-foot-long, 32-
foot-wide concrete powerhouse containing two Allis-Chalmers tube 
turbines with a total installed capacity of 700 kilowatts (kW); (8) an 
approximately 1,200-foot-long, 36-foot-wide tailrace; (9) two 480-volt 
generator lead lines; and (10) appurtenant facilities.
    BHA operates the project as a run-of-river facility, such that 
outflow from the project approximates inflow. The project bypasses 
approximately 0.3 mile of the Blackstone River. A 108-cubic feet per 
second (cfs) minimum flow is released over the dam into the bypassed 
reach. BHA discharges a continuous minimum flow of 238 cfs, or inflow, 
whichever is less, as measured at the confluence of the tailrace and 
the river channel. The average annual generation of the project is 
approximately 1,230 megawatt-hours (MWh).
    BHA proposes to: (1) Continue operating the project in a run-of-
river mode; (2) retrofit the two existing turbines with variable pitch 
blade runners to allow for the project to be operated at different 
flows; (3) install a new bypassed flow pipe to provide a minimum flow 
of 210 cfs to the bypassed reach, approximately 215 feet downstream of 
the dam; (4) install a new 160-kW ``fish friendly'' turbine-generator 
unit in the proposed bypassed flow pipe to increase the project's 
capacity and provide downstream fish passage; (5) install a new 
trashrack with 1-inch clear bar spacing in the headrace to prevent fish 
impingement and entrainment; (6) install a new downstream fish passage 
facility in the headrace, immediately upstream of the new trashrack; 
(7) maintain a 13-cfs aesthetic flow over the Valley Falls Dam; (8) 
provide a flow of up to 3 cfs to the adjacent historic canal; (9) 
install an upstream eel passage facility at the project dam; and (10) 
install 20 long-eared bat boxes and implement a Northern Long Eared Bat 
Management and Protection Plan to protect bats. BHA estimates the 
project enhancements will result in an average annual generation of 
approximately 3,200 MWh.
    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 address the document. For assistance, contact 
FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and 
reproduction at 1485 High Street Central Falls, RI 02863.
    n. 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.
    o. Scoping Process.
    Commission staff intend to prepare a single Environmental 
Assessment (EA) for the Central Falls Hydroelectric 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.
    At this time, we do not anticipate holding on-site public or agency 
scoping meetings. Instead, we are soliciting your comments and 
suggestions on the preliminary list of issues and alternatives to be 
addressed in the EA, as described in scoping document 1 (SD1), issued 
January 31, 2020.
    Copies of the SD1 outlining the subject areas to be addressed in 
the EA were distributed to the parties on the Commission's mailing list 
and the applicant's distribution list. Copies of SD1 may 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, call 1-866-208-3676 or 
for TTY, (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: January 31, 2020.
Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2020-02580 Filed 2-7-20; 8:45 am]
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