California

Draft EIS Issued for Decommissioning of Kilarc-Cow Project in California

FERC Staff have prepared and issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed surrender of the Kilarc-Cow Creek project (P-606) by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The Kilarc-Cow Creek project totals 5 MW of electric capacity and is located in Shasta County on several upper branches of Cow Creek, a tributary to the Sacramento River.  The Kilarc Powerhouse on Old Cow Creek was built in 1904 and has a capacity of 3.2 MW. The Cow Creek Powerhouse on South Cow Creek was built in 1907 and has a capacity of 1.8 MW.

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FERC, California Agree to Coordinate in Development of Hydrokinetic Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate procedures and schedules at the federal and state levels for development of hydrokinetic energy projects off the California coast.

According to a FERC news release, FERC and California have agreed to the following:

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PG&E Gets a Green Light for Removal of Wildcat Dam

PG&E has received FERC approval for its plan to decommission the Wildcat dam, a part of the Battle Creek hydroelectric project (P-1121). According to the “Wildcat Dam Decommissioning Plan,” removal will happen between May 1 and September 1. They also plan to demolish the Wildcat Pipeline between November 2010 and April 2011.

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Panel Recommends Studying Downstream Impacts in Merced River Relicensing

A panel formed to investigate the study related disputes in the relicensing of Merced River projects has found that FERC erred in limiting the geographic area which needed to be studied for impacts from the project.

The three-person panel was formed after the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the California State Water Resources Control Board did not agree with FERC’s previous determination and asked for a formal dispute resolution.

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