FERC on Aug. 13 terminated Okanogan County PUD’s operating license for construction of the 9 MW Enloe hydroelectric project in Washington, after the PUD failed to begin construction by the July 9, 2019, statutory deadline.
The order follows one it issued July 10 for “Probable Termination,” which started a 30-day countdown for termination [P-12569].
The agency’s new order said the license termination is effective at the close of business Sept. 12, to provide 30 days for public comment.
Okanogan had tried for years to re-electrify the dam, but decided in November to abandon the effort after learning the estimated project cost—$70.4 million—was more than twice the $31 million estimate in the 2007 FERC license application.
The utility ultimately opted to let the license expire under its own terms rather than actively seeking this, which would have involved the expense and effort of submitting a letter to FERC relinquishing the license.
Once the license is terminated, jurisdiction over Enloe will revert to the Washington Department of Ecology’s dam safety division, which oversaw dam safety issues for Enloe, located on the Similkameen River near Oroville, Wash., prior to the FERC license, according to Okanogan staff.