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Archon Energy 1, Inc.; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications

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On January 25, 2013, the Archon Energy 1, Inc., filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the Kaweah River Drop 1 Hydroelectric Project (Kaweah River Drop 1 or project) to be located on Kaweah River, near the city of Woodlake, Tulare County, California. 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 has two installation option alternatives; an in-stream method and a short diversion method. The in-stream option would consist of the following: (1) A gated water intake canal; (2) a 70-foot by 55-foot by 35-foot turbine structure enclosing two in-stream VLH turbine generators operating at 500 kilowatts kW; and (3) appurtenant facilities. The short diversion method would consist of the following: (1) a gated water intake canal; (2) a concrete trough diversion channel approximately 30 feet wide and 150 feet in length; (3) a 70-foot by 55-foot by 35-foot turbine structure enclosing four screw turbine generators operating at 250 kW; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have a total installed capacity of 1 megawatt and generate an estimated average annual energy production of 5,000 megawatt-hours by diverting existing stream flow into the diversion canal.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Paul Grist, Archon Energy 1, Inc., 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800, Tampa, Florida 33602, phone: (403) 618-2018.

FERC Contact: Corey Vezina; phone: (202) 502-8598, email:

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 five 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-14484) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

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Dated: April 2, 2013.

Kimberly D. Bose,


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[FR Doc. 2013-08066 Filed 4-5-13; 8:45 am]