Kern Canyon : P-178

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  • P-178
  • Kern R
  • California
  • CA
  • 11.48 MW


  • Download License
  • 02-25-2009
  • 01-31-2039


Download license summary for the Kern Canyon Hydroelectric Project.

The Kern Canyon Hydroelectric Project (P-178) is located in Kern County, CA on the main stem of the Kern River, approximately 10 miles northeast of the city of Bakersfield. Owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the project has installed capacity of 11.48 megawatts (MW) and occupies approximately 11.26 acres of federal land within the Sequoia National Fores

Type of proceeding: TLP

Recreational values: class VI whitewater

Other values: Project is currently operating on an annual license. Project located approximately 45 river miles downstream of SCE's Borel project.


Final 4(e) conditions filed. 11-30-2006
FERC issues Final EA 09-27-2005
Forest Service issues 4(e) conditions 05-20-2005
EA comments due to FERC 05-20-2005
FERC filed joint EA for Kern Canyon and Borel (#382) projects 03-22-2005
License application filed 08-26-2003


Well-known for its abundant recreation opportunities, the Kern River is a popular year-round destination for fly-fishing and whitewater kayaking. In addition to its recreational value, the Kern watershed is the native range of California’s State Fish, the California Golden Trout.