Packwood Relicensing

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.

Audrey Desserault
(509) 377-8468

Paul Dugan
(509) 377-2307