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Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P.; Notice of Authorization for Continued Project Operation

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Start Preamble June 13, 2000.

On June 23, 1998, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, licensee for the Stewarts Bridge Project No. 2047, filed an application for a new or subsequent license pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Commission's regulations thereunder. In an Order dated July 26, 1999, the Commission transferred the license and substituted Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation as the applicant in the pending relicensing proceeding. Project No. 2047 is located on the Sacandaga River in Saratoga County, New York.

The license for Project No. 2047 was issued for a period ending May 31, 2000. Section 15(a)(1) of the FPA, 16 U.S.C. 808(a)(1), requires the Commission, at the expiration of a license term, to issue from year to year an annual license to the then licensee under the terms and conditions of the prior license until a new license is issued, or the project is otherwise disposed of as provided in Section 15 or any other applicable section of the FPA. If the project's prior license waived the applicability of Section 15 of the FPA, then, based on Section 9(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 558(c), and as set forth at 18 CFR 16.21(a)(2000), if the licensee of such project has filed an application for a subsequent license, the licensee may continue to operate the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license after the minor or minor part license expires, until the Commission acts on its application. If the licensee of such a project has not filed an application for a subsequent license, then it may be required, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.21(b)(2000), to continue project operations until the Commission issues someone else a license for the project or otherwise orders disposition of the project.Start Printed Page 37966

If the project is subject to Section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that an annual license for Project No. 2047 is issued to Erie Boulevard Hydropwer, L.P. for a period effective June 1, 2000, through May 31, 2001, or until the issuance of a new license for the project or other disposition under the FPA, whichever comes first. If issuance of a new license (or other disposition) does not take place on or before May 31, 2001, notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.18(c)(2000), an annual license under Section 15(a)(1) of the FPA is renewed automatically without further order or notice by the Commission, unless the Commission orders otherwise.

If the project is not subject to Section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. is authorized to continue operation of the Stewarts Bridge Project No. 2047 until such time as the Commission acts on its application for subsequent license.

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Linwood A. Watson, Jr.,

Acting Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-15353 Filed 6-16-00; 8:45 am]

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