Free Flow Power looks at three hydro projects in Kentucky

Project affiliates of Boston-based Free Flow Power Corp. are seeking preliminary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for three hydropower projects on the Kentucky River in Kentucky, said FERC in May 16 notices.

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 owner permission. FERC is now taking 60 days of public comment on the applications.

In the three notices, FERC said:

  • On Jan. 1, FFP Project 117 LLC filed for a preliminary permit under the Federal Power Act, proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project at the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #13 located on the Kentucky River near the town of Beattyville in Lee County. The proposed project would include: a 300-foot-long, 43-foot-high concrete dam; a 110-foot-long, 80-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 5 MW; a 4.16/34.5-kV substation; and a 0.3-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 19,500 megawatt-hours.
  • Also on Jan. 1, FFP Project 116 LLC filed for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project at the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #9 located on the Kentucky River near the town of Valley View in Jessamine and Madison counties. This proposed project would include a 575-foot-long, 36-foot- high concrete dam with a 294-foot-long spillway; a 130-foot-long, 90-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 7.2 MW; a 4.16/69-kV substation; and a 0.3- mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 27,800 megawatt-hours.
  • On Jan. 1, FFP Project 115 LLC sought a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a hydropower project at the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #5 located on the Kentucky River near the town of Tyrone in Anderson and Woodford counties. This project would include a 594-foot-long, 36-foot-high timber dam; a 150-foot-long, 100-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 9.3 MW; a 4.16/69-kV substation; and a 0.9- mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. It would have an average annual generation of 39,500 megawatt-hours.
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