FFP Makaweli Hydro Project Ends

SOURCE: Brad Parsons (mauibrad@hotmail.com)
SUBHEAD: Free Flow Power has surrendered its permit to develop Makaweli River basin hydroelectric project.

By Daniel Lissner on 28 May 2013 for Free Flow Power -

Image above: Photo of Makaweli Rover Valley by S Shoys. From (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sshoys/5527887821/lightbox/).

May 28, 2013

Kimberly Bose
Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N. E. Washington, DC 20426

Re:  Request to Surrender Preliminary Permit for Project No. 13879 – Makaweli River Hydroelectric Project

Dear Secretary Bose:

On May 20, 2011, the Commission issued to Kahawai Power 2, LLC at Preliminary Permit with respect to the Makaweli River Hydroelectric Project, No. 13879-000 (the “Project”).

Free Flow Power Corporation (“FFP”), on behalf of Kahawai Power 2, LLC, hereby petitions the Commission, pursuant to 18 C.F.R. § 4.84, to approve the voluntary surrender of the Preliminary Permit for the Project.

In the course of investigating the feasibility of the Project and consultation with landowners and stakeholders pursuant to the Preliminary Permit, FFP, in cooperation with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (“KIUC”), evaluated the compatibility of the Project with development activities that are currently underway by Gay & Robinson, Inc., an intervenor in this Project and the owners of lands on which the majority of the Project is proposed to be located.

FFP and KIUC understand that Gay & Robinson, Inc. is currently in the process of developing the Olokele Hydro Project on the Olokele Ditch, which is fed by the Olokele River and, like the Project, is also located in the Makaweli River Basin.

While the two projects are not in direct competition for the same water resources, FFP and KIUC are ceasing plans to pursue the Project in consideration of Gay & Robinson’s development efforts.

Accordingly, FFP respectfully requests that the Commission accept its surrender of the Preliminary Permit and order its termination prior to its scheduled expiration date of April 30, 2014.
If you have any questions regarding this filing, please do not hesitate to contact me at 978-252-7111.

Daniel N. Lissner
General Counsel
Free Flow Power Corporation

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Nay No! to KIUC-FFP Deal 6/13/11


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