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Kyle Kembel Farm Irrigation Hydropower Project; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

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On May 18, 2020, Kyle Kembel filed a notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The proposed Kyle Kembel Farm Irrigation Hydropower Project would have an installed capacity of 5.2 kilowatts (kW), and would be located along an existing irrigation pipeline on the applicant's property near Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado.

Applicant Contact: Matt Harris, 21482 County Road T.5, Fort Morgan, CO 80701, Phone No. (970) 867-4971, Email: matt@harrisec.com.

FERC Contact: Christopher Chaney, Phone No. (202) 502-6778, Email: christopher.chaney@ferc.gov.

Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) A 5.2-kW turbine-generator; (2) an approximately 8-foot by 10-foot powerhouse; (3) 6-inch-diameter intake and discharge pipes connecting to the existing irrigation pipeline; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have an estimated annual generation of up to 17.5 megawatt-hours.

A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined or deemed to meet all the criteria shown in the table below.

Table 1—Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility

Statutory provisionDescriptionSatisfies (Y/N)
FPA 30(a)(3)(A)The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricityY
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i)The facility is constructed, operated, or maintained for the generation of electric power and uses for such generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduitY
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii)The facility has an installed capacity that does not exceed 40 megawattsY
FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii)On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of Part I of the FPAY

Preliminary Determination: The proposed Kyle Kembel Farm Irrigation Hydropower Project will not alter the primary purpose of the conduit, which is to transport water for irrigation. Therefore, based upon the above Start Printed Page 31490criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing.

Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.

Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY or MOTION TO INTERVENE, as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the Commission's regulations.[1] All comments contesting Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/​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 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

Locations of Notice of Intent: The Commission provides all interested persons an opportunity to view and/or print the contents of this document via the internet through the Commission's website at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD20-5) in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/​docs-filing/​esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission's Public Reference Room due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, call toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

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Dated: May 19, 2020.

Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2020-11207 Filed 5-22-20; 8:45 am]

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