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Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectric Project Decommissioning FERC Project No. 606 Shasta County Board of Supervisors March 4, 2008. Project Features. Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectric Project – approximately 30 miles east of Redding near the Community of Whitmore Cow Creek Development 1.8 MW

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Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectric Project Decommissioning FERC Project No. 606Shasta County Board of SupervisorsMarch 4, 2008

project features
Project Features

Kilarc-Cow Creek Hydroelectric Project – approximately 30 miles east of Redding near the Community of Whitmore

  • Cow Creek Development 1.8 MW
  • Kilarc Development 3.2 MW
  • Operated by PG&E, under license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • PG&E initially sought to renew the operating license and filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) with FERC in 2002.
  • In 2004, 2 years into the relicensing process, after environmental studies, and consultation with resource agencies and NGOs, PG&E decided not to relicense the project.
  • PG&E developed a Project Agreement with resource agencies and NGOs to define parameters of decommissioning, if no other entity relicensed the Project
  • Decision Not to Relicense Based On:
    • Project economics
    • Anticipated new license conditions
    • Environmental benefits of decommissioning
ferc regulatory process
FERC Regulatory Process
  • When an existing licensee decides not to relicense a project, FERC regulations provide an opportunity for other entities to apply for the project license.
  • On April 7, 2005, FERC issued a public notice soliciting applicants, pursuant to 18 CFR §16.25.
  • Synergics Energy Services filed an NOI, but did not file a license application by FERC’s December 2006 deadline
  • FERC then ordered PG&E to develop a decommissioning plan and file a License Surrender Application by March 2009.
  • Federal Power Act prohibits PG&E from obtaining a new license to operate the project
decommissioning the project
Decommissioning the Project
  • PG&E is required by FERC to file a Surrender Application by March 2009
  • To solicit public input, PG&E held several public meetings and conducted a site visit
  • In response to requests from the public, on January 24, 2008 FERC held public meetings to discuss the decommissioning process and answer questions
  • FERC will conduct an environmental assessment on PG&E's proposed decommissioning plan and then will issue an order for PG&E to remove the project facilities.
  • Once PG&E’s decommissioning work is completed and FERC’s order becomes final, other entities can file Notices of Intent for proposed projects at the site (18 CFR § 5).
potential future recreation and or public uses
Potential Future Recreation and/or Public Uses
  • Kilarc Forebay – PG&E has prepared a paper that outlines, to the best of our knowledge, what would be required for another entity to operate the Forebay as a recreation facility
  • Kilarc Powerhouse – PG&E is in the process of completing a paper outlining requirements and opportunities for future public use, recreational or historical in nature.
  • Entities with interest in these facilities will need to develop a preliminary plan for PG&E’s approval to submit with the Surrender Application by March 2009
  • PG&E will issue a solicitation of interest form for Kilarc Forebay and Kilarc Powerhouse to interested parties for PG&E’s initial assessment of qualifications.
ferc processing of pg e s license surrender application
FERC Processing of PG&E’s License Surrender Application

1. PG&E Files Application With FERC (3/2009)

2. FERC requests additional information (if needed)

3.FERC Staff Prepares NEPA Document

(1 to 2 years, 2009-2011)

4. FERC issues order for PG&E to develop engineering removal and site restoration plans

5.PG&E files plans (6-12 months)

6. FERC Orders PG&E to discontinue generation and remove Project facilities

7. PG&E Decommissions Project

(2010 to 2013)

8. Follow-up Monitoring (2012 to 2015)

9. FERC issues final approval

contact information
Contact Information
  • Stacy Evans, Project Manager
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • 415- 973-4731
  • Janet Walther, Governmental Relations
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • 530-518-6790