[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 246 (Friday, December 21, 2012)]
[Page 75630]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-30719]

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14470-000]

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

    On December 7, 2012, the 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 
Starr Mill Hydroelectric Project (Starr Mill Project or project) to be 
located on the Coginchaug River, near Middletown, Middlesex County, 
Connecticut. 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 
    The proposed project would consist of the following: (1) An 
existing 10-foot-high, 85-foot-long stone masonry dam; (2) an existing 
8.32-acre impoundment with about 0.19 acres within the proposed project 
boundary; (3) an existing 12-foot-long, 6.6-foot-wide, 6.6-foot-deep 
head box and intake channel; (4) a new 3.3-foot-high, 7-foot-wide 
sluice gate equipped with a 6.6-foot-high, 12-foot-wide trashrack with 
6-inch bar spacing; (5) a new 33-foot-long, 6.6-foot wide Archimedes 
screw generator unit with an installed capacity of 25 kilowatts; (6) a 
new 10-foot-high, 9.5-foot-long, 9.5-foot-wide powerhouse containing a 
new gearbox and electrical controls; (7) a new above ground 120-foot-
long, 13.8-kilovolt transmission line connecting the powerhouse to an 
existing nearby distribution system pole; and (8) appurtenant 
facilities. The estimated annual generation of the proposed Starr Mill 
Project would be about 95 megawatt-hours. The existing Starr Mill Dam 
and appurtenant works, including a former powerhouse foundation and 
intake structures, are privately owned.
    Applicant Contact: Mr. Michael C. Kerr, New England Hydropower 
Company, LLC, P.O. Box 5524, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts 01915; phone: 
(978) 360-2547.
    FERC Contact: John Ramer; phone: (202) 502-8969 or email: 
[email protected].
    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 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 [email protected] 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-14470) in the docket number 
field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online 

    Dated: December 14, 2012.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2012-30719 Filed 12-20-12; 8:45 am]