FERC issues preliminary permit for Helltown Ravine project

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FERC issued a preliminary permit for a proposed 515kW project that would use flows discharged from a canal on PG&E's DeSabla-Centerville Project. From the order (docket P-12652):

On February 28, 2006, Gerald M. Lutticken (the permittee) filed an application for a three-year preliminary permit under Section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) 1 to study the proposed Helltown Ravine Hydroelectric Project No. 12652. The proposed project would develop unused generating capacity at Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) licensed DeSabla- Centerville Project No. 803, using flows discharged from Project No. 803's Upper Centerville Canal, and consist of: (1) an intake located at the end of PG&E's Upper Centerville Canal, (2) a proposed 3,800-foot-long penstock, (3) a proposed powerhouse having a total installed capacity of 515 kilowatts, located near the intersection of Project No. 803's Lower Centerville Canal and Helltown Ravine, (4) a proposed 13.8-kilovolt, 1.5-mile-long transmission line, and (5) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 1,430,000 kilowatt-hours, which would be sold to a local utility.