Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene


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FR Doc No: 2018-26349

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Docket No. CD19-2-000

Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

On November 14, 2018, the Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado 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 Snowmass Village PRV Hydro Project would have a total installed capacity up to 22 kilowatts (kW), and would be located on the existing Snowmass Village distribution pipeline. The project would be located near the Town of Snowmass Village in Pitkin County, Colorado.

Applicant Contact: Travis Elliott, Town of Snowmass Village, Colorado, P.O. Box 5010, 130 Kearns Road, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, Phone No (970) 922-2275, email: email protected.

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

Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) A 22-kW turbine-generator connected to an existing underground PRV vault on the water distribution pipeline, and (2) appurtenant facilities. The proposed project would have an estimated annual generation of up to 70 megawatt-hours. 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 Satisfies (Y/N)


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

HREA. facility 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


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


potential of a non-

federally owned


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

amended by HREA. installed capacity

that does not exceed

5 megawatts.

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

amended by HREA. 2013, the facility is

not licensed, or

exempted from the


requirements of Part

I of the FPA.


Preliminary Determination:

The proposed Snowmass Village PRV Hydro Project will not interfere with the primary purpose of the conduit, which is to transport water for irrigation by filling an equalizing reservoir, which in turn provides pressure for an irrigation zone in its service area. 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 30 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 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 (2018).


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 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 using the ``eLibrary'' link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD19-2) 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: November 28, 2018.

Kimberly D. Bose,


FR Doc. 2018-26349 Filed 12-4-18; 8:45 am