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West Street Hydro, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications

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On December 10, 2012, West Street Hydro, Inc., filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of the Ashuelot River Dam Hydroelectric Project (project) to be located on the Ashuelot River, near the City of Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express permission.

The proposed project would consist of: (1) The existing 160-foot-long, 16-foot-high, stone-masonry Ashuelot Park Dam with a 134-foot-long spillway; (2) an existing 34-acre impoundment with a normal maximum water surface elevation of 472 feet above mean sea level; (3) a new intake structure; (4) a new powerhouse containing two 43-killowatt (kW) turbine-generating units for a total installed capacity of 86 kW; (5) a new tailrace; (6) a new 330-foot-long, 34.5-kilovolt transmission line; and (7) appurtenant facilities. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 360 megawatt-hours.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Kenneth A. Stewart, West Street Hydro, Inc., 20 Central Square, Keene, NH 03431; phone: (603) 352-2448.

FERC Contact: Michael Watts; phone: (202) 502-6123.

Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at​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 or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of Commission's Web site at​docs-filing/​elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P-14471) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

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Dated: January 30, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2013-02550 Filed 2-5-13; 8:45 am]