a. Type of Filing: Notice of Intent to File Application for License for a Hydrokinetic Pilot Project.
b. Project No.: 12711-003.
c. Dated Filed: July 24, 2009.
d. Submitted By: Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC.
e. Name of Project: Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project.
f. Location: In Cobscook Bay, in Washington County, Maine. The project would not occupy federal lands.
g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 5.3 and 5.5 of the Commission's regulations.
h. Applicant Contact: Christopher R. Sauer, Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC, 120 Exchange Street, Suite 508, Portland, Maine 04101, (207) 772-7707.
i. FERC Contact: Timothy Konnert (202) 502-6359.
j. Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC (ORPC) has filed with the Commission: (1) A notice of intent (NOI) to file an application for a pilot hydrokinetic hydropower project and a draft license application with monitoring plans; (2) a request for waivers of certain Integrated Licensing Process (ILP) regulations necessary for expedited processing of a license application for a hydrokinetic pilot project; (3) a proposed process plan and schedule; and (4) a request to be designated as the non-federal representative for section 7 of the Endangered Species Act consultation and for section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act.
k. A notice was issued on August 7, 2009, soliciting comments on the draft license application from agencies and stakeholders. Comments were filed by federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations. No comments were filed opposing the request to waive the ILP regulations or the proposed process plan and schedule.
l. ORPC was designated as the non-federal representative for section 7 of the Endangered Species Act consultation and for section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act on August 7, 2009.
m. ORPC proposes a two-phased development approach for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project. The project would consist of: (1) A single 5-meter-diameter axial flow Kinetic System turbine generator unit (TGU) mounted on a triframe mount, with a rated capacity of 60 kilowatts (kW), in Phase 1; (2) four 5-meter-diameter axial flow Kinetic System TGUs mounted on triframe mounts, with a rated capacity of 60 kW each, in Phase 2; (3) a direct current power and data cable approximately 3,800 feet long (3,600 feet underwater and 200 feet on shore) extending from the TGUs to the onshore station house; (4) an on-shore building 32 feet wide by 35 feet long, housing the SatCon power inverter and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system; and (5) appurtenant facilities for navigation safety and operation. The project would have a total rated capacity of 300 kW, with an estimated annual generation between 1,200,000 and 1,300,000 kilowatt-hours.
n. The pre-filing process has been concluded and the requisite regulations have been waived such that the process and schedule indicated below can be implemented.
o. Post-filing process schedule. The post-filing process will be conducted pursuant to the following schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as needed.
|Final license application expected||August 31, 2011.|
|Issue notice of acceptance and ready for environmental analysis and request for interventions||September 15, 2011.|
|Issue biological assessment||September 15, 2011.|
|Recommendations, conditions, comments and interventions due||October 15, 2011.|
|Issue notice of availability of environmental assessment||December 14, 2011.|
|Comments due and 10(j) resolution, if needed||January 13, 2011.|
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Dated: July 12, 2011.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2011-17992 Filed 7-15-11; 8:45 am]
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