UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Green Mountain Power Corporation Project No. 2879-012 NOTICE OF INTENT TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (February 12, 2021) On January 30, 2020, Green Mountain Power Corporation filed an application for a new major license to continue operating the existing 7.5-megawatt Bolton Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 2879 (Bolton Falls Project or project). The project is located on the Winooski River in Washington County, Vermont. The project does not occupy federal land. In accordance with the Commission’s regulations, on December 1, 2020, Commission staff issued a notice that the project was ready for environmental analysis (REA notice). Based on the information in the record, including comments filed on the REA notice, staff does not anticipate that licensing the project would constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Therefore, staff intends to prepare a draft and final Environmental Assessment (EA) on the application to license the Bolton Falls Project. The EA will be issued and circulated for review by all interested parties. All comments filed on the EA will be analyzed by staff and considered in the Commission’s final licensing decision. The application will be processed according to the following schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as appropriate. MILESTONE TARGET DATE Commission issues Draft EA August 2021 Comments on Draft EA September 2021 Commission issues Final EA February 20221 --------------------------- 1The Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations under 40 CFR 1501.10(b)(1) require that EAs be completed within 1 year of the federal action agency's decision to prepare an EA. This notice establishes the Commission's intent to prepare an EA for the Bolton Falls Project. Therefore, in accordance with CEQ's regulations, the Final EA must be issued within 1 year of the issuance date of this notice. Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Michael Tust at (202) 502-6522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.