STOP LAKE ELSINORE LEAPS PROJECT (LAKE ELSINORE ADVANCED POWER STORAGE)
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In regards to NevadHydro latest proposal FERC P-14227-003
Chairman Neil Chatterjee (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) or FERC ), we are residents of the Lake Elsinore Valley in Riverside County, California and nearby communities, who are opposed to the construction of a Hydroelectric Storage Power Plant (500 MW) making use of Lake Elsinore or LEAPS Project as it is referred to.
In addition we also oppose the installation of Power Transmission Lines TEVS (500 KV) WHICH ARE NOW ON A DIFFERENT ROUTE THAN PREVIOUSLY STATED (FERC P-11858): A. ( Northly direction or 10 miles to SCE Valley-Serrano Lines) along Decker Canyon and B. Across natural habitats (camping grounds, hiking trails) south to San Diego County ( 20 miles to SD G&E Talego-Escondido Line) on the Cleveland national Park grounds in the vicinity of the Ortega Highway 74.
Please note that this project was rejected or halted in July 2011 at the first submission, i.e., FERC P-11858 as very uneconomical and not meeting water quality standards
We believe that LEAPS/TEVS (FERC P-14227-003) must be stopped for the following reasons:
(1) Hydro-power Storage is very costly financially considering a new upper reservoir construction and pouring of concrete for new upper reservoir dam.
(2) Facilities and Power Lines would be located in an area (Temescal Valley) known to be prone to Fires and restrict any efforts to fire fighting while the fire is small before they can get out of control.
(3) The Facility and Power Lines would be built on Earthquake faults along Lake Elsinore. The Lake Elsinore basin sits over an underground water aquifer . City of Lake Elsinore pumps water from wells drawing from this below ground aquifer.
(4) The digging up a new water reservoir on Decker valley would be very destructive to the ecosystem. The new reservoir is said to be more than 300 feet deep.
(5) Hydro-power Storage of electricity in reality is a net consumer of electricity with efficiency of about 80% or slightly higher. Losses are then up to 20%. The Power house would be 300 feet underground and the size of a football field in the location Grand Avenue , Lake Elsinore City. above athe underground water aquifer.
(6) The flow of water from upper reservoir to Lake Elsinore at lower level through a turbine generator would disturb the biological balance in existence. The rise and fall of lake level may also have an effect on recreation and enjoyment of lake shore properties. LEAPS latest estimate is that the lake will fluctuate at most 3 to 6 inches per day (running 3-6 hours). Since they are building an upper reservoir with the capacity to make the lake fluctuation 18 inches, I think it's too early for their assurance that they are using the reservoir at only 1/6 it's capacity.
(7) (a) Data for the period 2014-2018 does not indicate a true need for storage of energy to generate electricity since the shortages of conventional generation of electricity as well as solar and wind power are uncommon (b) It has been reported that SD G&E has increased Power Transmission and the Renewable Energy Sources projected by Nevada Hydro will not realize , thus LEAPS is not needed for Load Balancing (reported by FRONTLINES organization ).
. (8) The presence of an upper reservoir and dam would be disruptive of normal visits to other campgrounds and hiking trails
(9) Hydro-power storage would make more sense if the power generated would be significantly higher in the 1000 MW magnitude and an upper reservoir would already be in existence. This is due to a fundamental law of physics which dictates the need of elevation and a great amount of water to be able to generate electricity in large quantity compared for example to a very high dense of source of energy such as a battery (i.e. hydroelectric power requires relatively large physical size systems)
(10) In The Lake Elsinore Valley the cost of the project or 2 billion dollars could be spent in more effective projects such as job development and other infrastructure such as roads , parks, and healthcare. Th revenues of Riverside County in the time period 2018/2019 will be 5.5 billion dollars, making an investment of 2 billion dollars a significant impact on the local economy.
(11 ) The supply of the make-up water to LEAPS (due to surface evaporation of reservoirs) has some uncertainties, such as whether it can be available without driving up the costs of water for other consumers in the our semi-desert climate. The last 5 years showed a record combination of drought with high temperatures, so if this becomes the norm, LEAPS will have to aggressively outbid others for the water.
(12) NevadaHydro on P-14227 is yet to comply with proper Fire Hazard measures and the water does not yet meet Clean Water Act 401 per Water Board standards. Water Recyling to maintain water levels is already conducted by EVMWD since 2000.
(13) Studie by Dr. Anderson with UC Riverside are clear that water addition is not enough to avoid alga blooms and Fish Kill specially in hot summer days (by a process of eutrophication, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutrophication due to the large amount of nitrogen/phosphorous compounds with sediments at the bottom of the LaKe.
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