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Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Motions To Intervene, Protests, and Comments

 

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November 27, 2006.

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

a. Type of Application: Preliminary Permit.

b. Project No.: 12747-000.

c. Date filed: October 31, 2006.

d. Applicant: San Diego Water Authority.

e. Name of Project: San Vicente Pumped Storage Project.

f. Location: The project would be located on San Vicente Reservoir and San Vicente River in San Diego County, California.

g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).

h. Applicant Contacts: Mr. Paul Gebert, San Diego Water Authority, 4677 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123, phone: (858)-522-67551.

i. FERC Contact: Robert Bell, (202) 502-4126.

j. Deadline for filing comments, protests, and motions to intervene: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice.

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 in 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. Description of Project: There are three alternatives for the proposed project: Iron Mountain Alternative, Foster Canyon Alternative, and East Reservoir Alternative. Specific details about each of these alternatives are described below.

Applicable To All Alternatives Back to Top

All of the alternatives will have the same lower reservoir consisting of: (1) An existing dam to be raised to a dam height of 274 feet, and a length of 1,120 feet with the possibility that the dam could be raised to be 337 feet high with a length of 1,442 feet; and (2) an existing impoundment increased to a surface area of 1,360 acres, having a storage capacity of 142,00 acre-feet with a normal maximum water surface elevation of 704 feet mean sea level (msl), and also the possibility to further increase the surface area to 1,667 acres, having a storage capacity of 247,000 acre-feet with a normal maximum water surface elevation of 767 feet msl.

Iron Mountain Alternative Back to Top

(1) A proposed 235-foot-high, 1,250-foot-long upper dam, (2) a proposed upper reservoir with a surface area of 93 acres having a storage capacity of 8,070 acre-feet and a normal maximum water surface elevation of 2,110 feet msl, (3) a proposed 12,300-foot-long, 20-foot-long concrete power tunnel, (4) two proposed 300-foot-long steel lined penstocks, (5) a proposed powerhouse containing two generating units having a total installed capacity of 550 megawatts, (6) a proposed 3,300-foot-long, 24-foot-diameter concrete tailrace, (7) a proposed 2,600-foot-long, 230 kilovolt transmission line, and (8) appurtenant facilities.

Foster Canyon Alternative Back to Top

(1) A proposed 215-foot-high, 4,500-foot-long upper dam, (2) a proposed upper reservoir with a surface area of 100 acres having a storage capacity of 12,200 acre-feet and a normal maximum water surface elevation of 1,490 feet msl, (3) a proposed 3,000-foot-long, 20-foot-long concrete power tunnel, (4) two proposed 300-foot-long steel lined penstocks, (5) a proposed powerhouse containing two generating units having a total installed capacity of 480 megawatts, (6) a proposed 2,700-foot-long, 24-foot-diameter concrete tailrace, (7) a proposed 2,600-foot-long, 230 kilovolt transmission line, and (8) appurtenant facilities.

East Reservoir Alternative Back to Top

(1) A proposed 200-foot-high, 2,200-foot-long upper dam, (2) a proposed upper reservoir with a surface area of 60 acres having a storage capacity of 6,800 acre-feet and a normal maximum water surface elevation of 1,600 feet msl, (3) a proposed 6,000-foot-long, 20-foot-long concrete power tunnel, (4) two proposed 300-foot-long steel lined penstocks, (5) a proposed powerhouse containing two generating units having a total installed capacity of 570 megawatts, (6) a proposed 2,600-foot-long, 24-foot-diameter concrete tailrace, (7) a proposed 2,600-foot-long, 230 kilovolt transmission line, and (8) appurtenant facilities.

The proposed project would have a maximum estimated annual generation of up to 1,000 gigawatt-hours, which would be sold to a local utility.

l. Locations of Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission in the Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street, NE., Room 2A, Washington DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site 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 toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.

n. Competing Preliminary Permit: Anyone desiring to file a competing application for preliminary permit for a proposed project must submit the competing application itself, or a notice of intent to file such an application, to the Commission on or before the specified comment date for the particular application (see 18 CFR 4.36). Submission of a timely notice of intent allows an interested person to file the competing preliminary permit application no later than 30 days after the specified comment date for the particular application. A competing preliminary permit application must conform with 18 CFR 4.30(b) and 4.36.

o. Competing Development Application: Any qualified development applicant desiring to file a competing development application must submit to the Commission, on or before a specified comment date for the particular application, either a competing development application or a notice of intent to file such an application. Submission of a timely notice of intent to file a development application allows an interested person to file the competing application no later than 120 days after the specified comment date for the particular application. A competing license application must conform with 18 CFR 4.30(b) and 4.36.

p. Notice of Intent: A notice of intent must specify the exact name, business address, and telephone number of the prospective applicant, and must include an unequivocal statement of intent to submit, if such an application may be filed, either a preliminary permit application or a development application (specify which type of application). A notice of intent must be served on the applicant(s) named in this public notice.

q. Proposed Scope of Studies under Permit: A preliminary permit, if issued, does not authorize construction. The term of the proposed preliminary permit would be 36 months. The work proposed under the preliminary permit would include economic analysis, preparation of preliminary engineering plans, and a study of environmental impacts. Based on the results of these studies, the Applicant would decide whether to proceed with the preparation of a development application to construct and operate the project.

r. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application.

Comments, protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper; See 18 CFR 385.2001 (a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's web site under “e-filing” link. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing.

s. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: Any filings must bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS”, “PROTEST”,”COMPETING APPLICATION” OR “MOTION TO INTERVENE”, as applicable, and the Project Number of the particular application to which the filing refers. Any of the above-named documents must be filed by providing the original and the number of copies provided by the Commission's regulations to: The Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. A copy of any motion to intervene must also be served upon each representative of the Applicant specified in the particular application.

t. Agency Comments: Federal, State, and local agencies are invited to file comments on the described application. A copy of the application may be obtained by agencies directly from the Applicant. If an agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. One copy of an agency's comments must also be sent to the Applicant's representatives.

Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

[FR Doc. E6-20472 Filed 12-1-06; 8:45 am]

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