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

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Start Preamble April 9, 2003.

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.: 12362-000.

c. Date filed: September 3, 2002.

d. Applicant: Idrogo Hydro Electric.

e. Name of Project: Medina Dam Project.

f. Location: On the Medina River, in Medina County, Texas. The project Start Printed Page 18615would utilize the existing Medina Dam owned by the Bexar Medina Atascosa Water Control and Improvement District.

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

h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Michael Idrogo, Idrogo Hydro Electric, 317 West Rosewood Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212, (210) 681-4894.

i. FERC Contact: Robert Bell, (202) 502-6062.

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

The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all interveners 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 intervener 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. Competing Application: Project No. 12183-000, Date Filed: June 4, 2002, Date Notice Closed: October 8, 2002.

l. The Description of Project: The proposed pumped storage project would consist of : (1) The existing 1580-foot-long, 164-foot-high Medina Dam as the upper dam, (2) the existing Medina Lake as the upper reservoir having a surface area of 5,575 acres and storage capacity of 254,000 acre-feet and normal water surface elevation of 1,072 feet msl, (3) an existing 440-foot-long, 50-foot-high lower diversion dam, (4) an existing lower reservoir having a surface area of 400 acres with a storage capacity of 5,000 acre-feet and normal water surface elevation of 928 feet msl, (5) a proposed powerhouse containing three generating units having a total installed capacity of 3 MW, (6) a proposed 11-mile-long, 115 kV transmission line, and (7) appurtenant facilities.

The project would have an annual generation of 130 GWh that would be sold to a local utility.

m. This filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “FERRIS” 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.

n. Competing Applications—Public notice of the filing of the initial preliminary permit application, which has already been given, established the due date for filing competing preliminary permit applications or notices of intent. Any competing preliminary permit or development application or notice of intent to file a competing preliminary permit or development application must be filed in response to and in compliance with the public notice of the initial preliminary permit application. No competing applications or notices of intent to file competing applications may be filed in response to this notice. A competing license application must conform with 18 CFR 4.30 (b) and 4.36.

o. 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.

p. 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.

q. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents—Any filings must bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS”, “PROTEST”, 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 eight copies 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. 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.

r. 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.

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Magalie R. Salas,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-9239 Filed 4-15-03; 8:45 am]

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