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Rocky Mountain Power seeks to renew license of Utah hydro project

Rocky Mountain Power has applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to renew the operating license of its 3.85-MW Weber hydroelectric project in Utah.

Rocky Mountain Power plans to continue operating the plant as a run-of-the-river project. The facility is located in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council region, but is not used for daily peaking of generation. It has an average annual generation of 16,926 MWh, according to the FERC filing.

While the application does not call for new generation, it proposes the construction of a new fish ladder as a protection, mitigation and enhancement measure, according to a June 11 news release. The fish ladder will allow upstream and downstream passage of two rare native species, the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout and Bluehead Sucker, which are found in the project reach of the project.

The project is partially located on lands managed by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and on lands owned by the Union Pacific Railroad Co. A predecessor to Rocky Mountain Power completed the hydroelectric project in 1910. The first federal license for the facility was issued in 1938 and renewed in 1970 and 1990. (FERC docket P-1744-041)

Rocky Mountain Power, known legally as PacifiCorp, is a Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary.