2020-23072. Blackstone Hydro, Inc.; Notice of Authorization for Continued Project Operation  

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    On October 1, 2018, Blackstone Hydro, Inc, licensee for the Blackstone Hydroelectric Project, filed an Application for a New License pursuant to the Federal Power Act (FPA) and the Commission's regulations thereunder. The Blackstone Hydroelectric Project is located on the Blackstone River in Providence County, Rhode Island and Worcester County, Massachusetts. There are no federal or tribal lands within the project boundary.

    The license for Project No. 3023 was issued for a period ending September 30, 2020. Section 15(a)(1) of the FPA, 16 U.S.C. 808(a)(1), requires the Commission, at the expiration of a license term, to issue from year-to-year an annual license to the then licensee under the terms and conditions of the prior license until a new license is issued, or the project is otherwise disposed of as provided in section 15 or any other applicable section of the FPA. If the project's prior license waived the applicability of section 15 of the FPA, then, based on section 9(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 558(c), and as set forth at 18 CFR 16.21(a), if the licensee of such project has filed an application for a subsequent license, the licensee may continue to operate the project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license after the minor or minor part license expires, until the Commission acts on its application. If the licensee of such a project has not filed an application for a subsequent license, then it may be required, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.21(b), to continue project operations until the Commission issues someone else a license for the project or otherwise orders disposition of the project.

    If the project is subject to section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that an annual license for Project No. 3023 is issued to Blackstone Hydro, Inc. for a period effective October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, or until the issuance of a new license for the project or other disposition under the FPA, whichever comes first. If issuance of a new license (or other disposition) does not take place on or before September 30, 2021, notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 18 CFR 16.18(c), an annual license under section 15(a)(1) of the FPA is renewed automatically without further order or notice by the Commission, unless the Commission orders otherwise.

    If the project is not subject to section 15 of the FPA, notice is hereby given that Blackstone Hydro, Inc. is authorized to continue operation of the Blackstone Hydroelectric Project, until such time as the Commission acts on its application for a subsequent license.

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    Dated: October 13, 2020.

    Kimberly D. Bose,

    Secretary.

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    [FR Doc. 2020-23072 Filed 10-16-20; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 6717-01-P

Document Information

Published:
10/19/2020
Department:
Energy Department
Agency:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Document Number:
2020-23072
Pages:
66324-66324 (1 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Project No. 3023-000
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2020-23072.pdf