United States Of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Pennamaquan Tidal Power, LLC Project No. 13884-002
NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY PERMIT APPLICATION AC- CEPTED FOR FILING AND SOLICITING COMMENTS, MO- TIONS TO INTERVENE, AND COMPETING APPLICATIONS
(April 1, 2014)
On March 12, 2014, Pennamaquan Tidal Power, LLC filed an application for a successive preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasi- bility of the Pennamaquan Tidal Power Plant Project to be located on the Pennamaquan River and Cobscook Bay, Washington County, Maine. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners’ express permission.
The proposed project would consist of: (1) a new tidal bar- rage extending from Leighton Neck to Hersey Neck consisting of: (a) two 5-foot-thick concrete walls, one 545-foot-long and one 135- foot-long, located in the intertidal area at each end of the barrage; (b) six 82-foot-long, 10-foot-thick concrete modular wall panels ex- tending about 22 feet above mean low tide; (c) a new 438-foot-long, 91-foot-high concrete powerhouse with 16 reversible bulb generat- ing units with a total capacity of 24.0 megawatts; (d) a new steel 65-foot-long, 44-foot-wide boat lock integral with the powerhouse; (2) a tidal basin (i.e., impoundment) with a surface area of 489 acres at low tide and 862 acres at high tide; (3) a new 328-foot-long utility road providing access from Hersey Neck to the powerhouse; and (4) a new 35 kilovolt, 2.5-mile-long transmission line to Emera Maine’s substation in Pembroke, Maine. The project would produce an esti- mated average annual generation of 80,000 megawatt-hours.
Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the require- ments of 18 CFR 4.36.
More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of the Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary. asp. Enter the docket number (P-13884) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Sup- port.
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary (35-38)