Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene


Federal Register, Volume 83 Issue 91 (Thursday, May 10, 2018)

Federal Register Volume 83, Number 91 (Thursday, May 10, 2018)


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FR Doc No: 2018-09963



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Docket No. CD18-7-000

Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

On April 27, 2018, Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company filed a notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA). The proposed Canal Station 603+00 Micro-hydropower Project would have an installed capacity up to 8 kilowatts (kW), and would be located along the four-foot wide by six-foot long section of the open irrigation canal. The project would be located near the Town of Sunset in Davis County, Utah.

Applicant Contact: Richard Smith, General Manager, Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company, 138 West 1300 North, Sunset, UT 84015; Phone No. (801) 774-6373.

FERC Contact: Robert Bell, Phone No. (202) 502-6062; Email: email protected.

Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) Two new generating units plus two future units, approximately four-foot wide by six-foot long, placed in an open channel of the Davis & Weber Canal with a total generating capacity of up to 8 kW; and (2) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have an estimated annual generation of 17.5 megawatt-hours, and may include two additional units in the future.

A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below.

Table 1--Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility


Satisfies (Y/

Statutory provision Description N)


FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by The conduit the facility Y

HREA. uses is a tunnel,

canal, pipeline,

aqueduct, flume, ditch,

or similar manmade

water conveyance that

is operated for the

distribution of water

for agricultural,

municipal, or

industrial consumption

and not primarily for

the generation of


FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended The facility is Y

by HREA. constructed, operated,

or maintained for the

generation of electric

power and uses for such

generation only the

hydroelectric potential

of a non-federally

owned conduit.

FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended The facility has an Y

by HREA. installed capacity that

does not exceed 5


FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended On or before August 9, Y

by HREA. 2013, the facility is

not licensed, or

exempted from the

licensing requirements

of Part I of the FPA.


Preliminary Determination: The proposed hydroelectric project will utilize the Davis and Weber Canal, the primary purpose of which is to deliver agricultural and irrigation water to Davis and Weber counties. The addition of the Canal Station 603+00 Micro-hydropower Project will not alter the conduit's primary purpose. Therefore, based upon the above criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing.

Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 days from the issuance date of this notice.

Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.

Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the ``COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY'' or ``MOTION TO INTERVENE,'' as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the

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Commission's regulations.\1\ All comments contesting Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.


\1\ 18 CFR 385.2001-2005 (2017).


The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at email protected, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD18-7) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-

free 1-866-208-3676 or email email protected. For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

Dated: May 4, 2018.

Kimberly D. Bose,


FR Doc. 2018-09963 Filed 5-9-18; 8:45 am