The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) appears to be worried that Cat Creek Energy hasn’t funded their portion of the Contributed Funds Act agreement for the proposed Energy Generation Facility Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project planned for the Little Camas Prairie area northeast of Mountain Home.
How do we know this? According to a letter sent from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to Mr. James T. Carkulis, a managing representative of Cat Creek Energy, LLC, the FERC is surely concerned.
Reference: Download the FERC Letter at http://catcreek-energy.com/download/840/
“Subsequent to finalization of the contract 20 months ago, CCE has not yet provided funding to Reclamation.” FERC on 30 Jan 2019
Crazy Complexity of the Cat Creek Energy Project
We know in 2016 that the Elmore County Planning and Zoning Commission would not approve the five Cat Creek Energy conditional use permits they submitted to build a sprawling 5,750-acre energy generating facility in our backcountry.
We also know in 2017, the Elmore County Commissioners ruled against their very own P & Z Commission and approved all five of those conditional use permits (CUP).
We also know Cat Creek Energy (CCE) told the residents of Elmore County many, many times that all five portions of their very complex project needed to be approved and built in order to make the CCE Project financial viable.
And we also know this project is so complex it’s hard to keep the major players in the project straight. Remember there are water, wind, solar, hydroelectric, power line runs and a host of state/federal concerns.
So when the federal government gives the developers of the Cat Creek Energy project an additional three years to get their “ducks in a row” just to complete a few tasks involving one portion of their five-part energy project due to the complexity, we know it’s time to step back and reevaluate the entire project.
What’s Our Main Concern About the Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project
Our main concern pertains to maintaining the water quality and fishery in Anderson Ranch Reservoir.
What Can You Do?
You have until March 20, 2019, to submit comments and motions to intervene,
on the successive permit application for the Cat Creek Energy Generation Facility
Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project No. 14655.
How to File a Comment with the FERC
Please file comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications using the Commission’s eFiling system at 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.
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