Solia 9 Hydroelectric LLC Riverbank Hydro No. 17 LLC Lock Hydro Friends Fund XLI FFP Project 54 LLC; Notice of Competing Preliminary Permit Applications Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Competing Applications

On May 2, 2011, Solia 9 Hydroelectric LLC (Solia), and Riverbank Hydro No. 17 LLC (Riverbank), and on May 3, 2011, Lock Hydro Friends Fund XLI (Lock Hydro), and FFP Project 54 LLC (FFP 54) filed preliminary permit applications, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Tom Bevill Lock & Dam, located on the Tombigbee River in Pickens County, Alabama. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express permission.

Solia's Project No. 14162-000 would consist of:(1) A 150-foot-long headrace intake channel; (2) a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 16.0 megawatt (MW); (3) a 179-foot-long tailrace; (4) a 2.0-mile-long, 34.5 kilo-volt (kV) transmission line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 75.0 gigawatt-hours (GWh), and operate run-of-river utilizing surplus water from the Tom Bevill Lock & Dam, as directed by the Corps.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Douglas Spaulding, Nelson Energy LLC, 8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 101, Golden Valley, MN 55426. (952) 544-8133.

Riverbank's Project No. 14173-000 would consist of:(1) A forebay; (2) an intake structure; (3) a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 20.2 MW; (4) a tailrace structure; and (5) a 17.3-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated average annual generation of 72.6 GWh, and operate run-of-river utilizing surplus water from the Tom Bevill Lock & Dam, as directed by the Corps.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Kuo-Bao Tong, Riverbank Power Corporation, Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, P.O. Box 166, 200 Bay Street, Suite 3230, Toronto, ON, Canada M5J2J4. (416) 861-0092 x 154.

Lock Hydro's Project No. 14182-000 would consist of: (1) One lock frame modules, the frame module will be 109-feet long, 40-feet-high and contain ten generating units with a total combined capacity of 15.0 MW; (2) a new switchyard containing a transformer; and (3) a proposed 10.0-mile-long, 115 kV transmission line to an existing distribution line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 92.043 GWh, and operate run-of-river utilizing surplus water from the Tom Bevill Lock & Dam, as directed by the Corps.

Applicant Contact: Mr. Wayne F. Krouse, Hydro Green Energy, 5090 Richmond Avenue #390, Houston, TX 77056. (877) 556-6566 x 709.

FFP 54's Project No. 14192-000 would consist of:(1) A 350-foot-long, 150-foot-wide approach channel; (2) a powerhouse, located on the west side of the dam, containing two generating units with a total capacity of 18.0 MW; (3) a 300-foot-long, 165-foot-wide tailrace; (4) a 7.2/69 KV substation; and (5) a 1.0-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 72.0 GWh, which would be sold to a local utility. The project would operate run-of-river and utilize flows released from the Tom Bevill Lock & Dam and operate as directed by the Corps.

Applicant Contact: Ms. Ramya Swaminathan, Free Flow Power Corp., 239 Causeway Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114. (978) 283-2822.

FERC Contact: Michael Spencer, michael.spencer@ferc.gov,(202) 502-6093.

Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the “eLibrary” link of the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. Enter the docket number (P-14162-000, P-14173-000, 14182-000, or P-14192-000) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

Dated: October 25, 2011. Kimberly D. Bose,

Secretary.

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