Energy Northwest operates the
27.5-megawatt Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project near the town of Packwood in
Lewis County, Washington. The project is located at Packwood Lake and along Lake
Creek, a tributary to the Cowlitz River.
The Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission licensed the project effective March 1, 1960 with a 50-year
operating license. In early 2010, Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission provided notice that the Packwood Lake
Hydroelectric Project would be granted a one-year extended license, renewed
automatically, until issuance of a new license for the project.
Energy Northwest filed a new
license application on Feb. 22, 2008, pursuant to the Federal Power Act and
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations for the Integrated Licensing
Process at 18 CFR §5.18 and associated sections. Under the Integrated Licensing
Process regulations, a license applicant must file a Preliminary Licensing
Proposal. Energy Northwest consulted extensively with the natural resources
agencies and tribes who contributed to the development of the Preliminary
Licensing Proposal and proposed numerous measures for the protection and
enhancement of the project’s resources. The Preliminary Licensing Proposal
contained results of 23 studies and was
submitted to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 14, 2007. Energy
Northwest submitted Notice of Intent and Pre-Application Document on Nov. 10, 2004.