The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a May 30 notice that it got two competing preliminary permit applications for hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River near New Cumberland, W.Va.
Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXX LLC and FFP Project 121 LLC filed preliminary permit applications proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project, to be located at the existing New Cumberland Locks and Dam on the Ohio River. Both applications were filed electronically and given the filing date of March 1, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.
New Cumberland Locks and Dam is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 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. FERC said at this point that it is open to other offers for this site. The comment period on these applications covers 60 days from May 30.
Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXX’s application is for a successive preliminary permit, meaning it has had one before. Its proposed project would include: a new concrete-lined power canal; one new approximately 260-foot-wide, 56-foot-high lock frame module, containing 17 turbines each having a nameplate capacity of 1.5 MW, with a total installed capacity of 25.5 MW; and a new approximately 2,000-foot-long, 69-kV transmission line from the new switchyard to an existing distribution line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 145,850 megawatt-hours.
FFP Project 121’s proposed project would include: a new 250-foot-wide by 380-foot-long forebay; a new 220-foot by 250-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse; three new 16.6-MW horizontal bulb turbine-generators having a total combined capacity of 49.8 MW; and a new 0.8-mile-long, 36.7-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 251,600 megawatt-hours.
FERC noted that on March 19, it mistakenly issued public notice of only FFP Project 121’s preliminary permit application. That project company is a unit of Boston-based Free Flow Power, which is pursuing a number of hydro projects around the country.