On November 1, 2018, City of Woonsocket, licensee for the Woonsocket Falls Hydroelectric Project, filed an Application for a New License pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Commission's regulations thereunder. The Woonsocket Falls Hydroelectric Project is on the Blackstone river in Woonsocket city and Providence county, Rhode Island.
The license for Project No.2972 was issued for a period ending October 31, 2020. Section 15(a)(1) of the FPA, 16 U.S.C. 808(a)(1), requires the Commission, at the expiration of a license term, to issue from year-to-year an annual license to the then licensee under the terms and conditions of the prior license until a new license is issued, or the project is otherwise disposed of as provided in section 15 or any other applicable section of the FPA. If the project's prior license waived the applicability of section 15 of the FPA, then, based on section 9(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 558(c), and as set forth at 18 CFR 16.21(a), if the licensee of such project has filed an application for a subsequent license, the licensee may continue to operate the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license after the minor or minor part license expires, until the Commission acts on its application. If the licensee of such a project has not filed an application for a subsequent license, then it may be required, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.21(b), to continue project operations until the Commission issues someone else a license for the project or otherwise orders disposition of the project.
If the project is subject to section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that an annual license for Project No.2972 is issued to the City of Woonsocket for a period effective Nov 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021, or until the issuance of a new license for the project or other disposition under the FPA, whichever comes first. If issuance of a new license (or other disposition) does not take place on or before October 31, 2021, notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.18(c), an annual license under section 15(a)(1) of the FPA is renewed automatically without further order or notice by the Commission, Start Printed Page 75004unless the Commission orders otherwise.
If the project is not subject to section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that the City of Woonsocket, is authorized to continue operation of the Woonsocket Falls Hydroelectric Project, until such time as the Commission acts on its application for a subsequent license.
Dated: November 17, 2020.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2020-25983 Filed 11-23-20; 8:45 am]
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