Greybull Valley Irrigation District; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene


Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 247 (Friday, December 23, 2016)

Federal Register Volume 81, Number 247 (Friday, December 23, 2016)


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FR Doc No: 2016-30933



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Docket No. CD17-1-000

Greybull Valley Irrigation District; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

On December 7, 2016, the Greybull Valley Irrigation District 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 Greybull Valley Hydroelectric Project would have an installed capacity of 4,500 kilowatts (kW) and would be located at the end of the Roach Gulch Discharge Canal. The project would be located near the Town of Meeteetse in Park County, Wyoming.

Applicant Contact: Ted Sorenson, Wyoming Water Power, LLC, 1032 Grandview Drive, Ivins, UT 84738, Phone No. (208) 589-6908.

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

Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) A proposed 200-foot long, 60-inch-

diameter intake pipe connected to the existing 60-inch Roach Gulch Discharge Canal; (2) a proposed 32' wide by 35' long powerhouse containing one generating unit with an installed capacity of 4,500-kW; (3) a proposed tailrace discharging directly into the Roach Gulch Discharge Canal; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have an estimated annual generating capacity of 11,221 megawatt-


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



Statutory provision Description (Y/N)


FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by The conduit is a tunnel, Y

HREA. 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 by The facility is Y

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


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: Based upon the above criteria, Commission staff has preliminarily determined that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility under 16 U.S.C. 823a, and is exempted from the licensing requirements of the FPA.

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

The 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 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 (2015).


The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at, (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

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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 using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number (e.g., CD17-1-000) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or email For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

Dated: December 15, 2016.

Kimberly Bose,


FR Doc. 2016-30933 Filed 12-22-16; 8:45 am