F E R C Letter to Crown Hydro


On February 13, 2012 FERC sent a three page letter to Crown Hydro requesting that Crown Hydro, LLC provide its response within 30 days relating to the project development progress for the Crown Mill Hydroelctric Project under P-11175 provided by Crown Hydro in a letter dated May 25, 2011.  The essence of the FERC letter is that Crown Hydro needs to demonstrate that no MPRB lands would be affected or included in the new proposed plan.

The last three paragraphs of the letter state FERC’s expectations of Crown Hydro as follows:
PROJECT NO. 11175-024

In the progress report, you included a letter from the USACE, which contains comments on the proposed location of the project’s powerhouse. One of the comments states “The city of Minneapolis, acting through its MPRB, holds a
perpetual easement, granted by the Secretary of the Army, over those lands, identified by Crown Hydro, as being the site for its proposed powerhouse. The easement was granted in 1999 for the purpose of allowing MRPB to replace the
existing service road at USAF and to continue to operate and maintain the area for visitors of Mill Ruins Park.”

Based on our review of the history of the license and your filings, and before we will agree to consider your proposal and not to pursue the implied surrender of your license, you must: (1) affirmatively demonstrate, with a detailed
map and proposed project description, that no MPRB lands (to include any subsurface rights, easements, or other legal claims) would be affected or included in the new proposed scheme of project development and boundary; and (2)
provide a plan and schedule, including all efforts and steps needed, to complete the development of this project.

Therefore, please respond to this request within 30 days of the date of this letter.

Here’s the link to FERC’s entire letter: