Waterway: Baker R
License issued: 10/17/2008
License expires: 9/30/2050
Upper Baker development– a powerhouse containing two turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 90.70 MW; downstream fish passage facilities; and appurtenant facilities.
Lower Baker development– a powerhouse containing a single turbine-generator unit with an installed capacity of 79.33 MW; a 750-foot-long, 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line; upstream fish passage facilities; and appurtenant facilities.
Puget proposes to construct a new auxiliary powerhouse adjacent to the existing powerhouse at the Lower Baker development, and to install two new turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 30 MW.
The total installed capacity at the Lower Baker development would increase from 79.33 to 109.33 MW, bringing the project’s total capacity to 200.03 MW. Puget also proposes to upgrade the existing upstream and downstream fish passage facilities and to construct a salmon hatchery at its Sulphur Creek facility near the Upper Baker development.
The Settlement Agreement signed addresses many concerns. The SA is included in the License. The signatories to the SA includes:Puget Sound Energy; Forest Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Park Service; NMFS; Upper Skagit Indian Tribe; Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe; Swinomish Indian Tribal Community; Washington Ecology; Washington Fish and Wildlife; Washington Department of Natural Resources; Skagit County; City of Anacortes; Town of Concrete; Public Utility District No. 1 of Skagit County; Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation; The Nature Conservancy; North Cascades Conservation Council; North Cascades Institute; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group; Washington Council of Trout Unlimited; Wildcat Steelhead Club; and Bob Helton.