[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 215 (Tuesday, November 6, 2012)]
[Page 66608]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27018]



Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 [Project No. 14460-000]

 New England Hydropower Company, LLC; Notice of Preliminary 
Permit Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions 
To Intervene, and Competing Applications

    On October 15, 2012, New England Hydropower Company, LLC filed an 
application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the 
Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of the 
Hemlock Gorge Spillway Dike Project to be located on the Charles River, 
in the City of Newton, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 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) The existing 31-foot-
high, 69-foot-long Hemlock Gorge Spillway Dike with an 8-foot-long 
stop-log slot; (2) an existing 31-foot-long, 42-inch-diameter low level 
penstock; (3) an existing 0.13 acre impoundment with a normal maximum 
water surface elevation of 66.3 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum; 
(4) a proposed 6-foot-high, 8-foot-wide head box structure equipped 
with a 15-foot-high, 8.5-foot-wide trashrack with 4-inch bar spacing, 
and a 5.9-foot-high, 7.9-foot-wide sluice gate; (5) a proposed 8-foot-
long, 8-foot-wide powerhouse equipped with a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-wide 
Archimedes screw generator unit with an installed capacity of 30 
kilowatts; (6) an existing 90-foot-long, 8-foot-wide, 4-foot-deep 
tailrace; and (7) a proposed 35 kilovolt, 170-foot-long transmission 
line connected to the NSTAR regional grid. The project would have an 
estimated average annual generation of 211 megawatt-hours.
    Applicant Contact: Carol Wasserman, New England Hydropower Company, 
LLC, P.O. Box 5524, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts 01915; (978) 922-5824.
    FERC Contact: Tom Dean; (202) 502-6041 or thomas.dean@ferc.gov.
    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 date of this notice. 
Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements 
of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and 
competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. 
See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's 
Web site 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 FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, 
or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages 
electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, 
mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, 
DC 20426.
    More information about this project, including a copy of the 
application, can be viewed or printed on the ``eLibrary'' link of 
Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. 
Enter the docket number (P-14460) in the docket number field to access 
the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

    Dated: October 25, 2012.
 Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2012-27018 Filed 11-5-12; 8:45 am]