Cave Run Energy plans 5-MW hydro project in Kentucky

Cave Run Energy LLC filed a July 19 notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of its intention to file an application for an Original License for the 5-MW Cave Run Hydropower Project in Kentucky.

The proposed project is located at the Cave Run Dam, a development of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The project includes the existing earth- and rock-filled dam, as well as the downstream area adjacent to the outlet works and the existing distribution line located 0.2 miles downstream. The dam is on the Licking River in Farmers, Ky. 

The proposed project will require extensive design study and consultation with the USACE, however, the initial design concept proposes to use the existing intake structure and existing concrete conduit. No modifications are proposed to the existing intake.

A new powerhouse will be constructed on the north side of the stilling basin. The proposed project will consist of three propeller type turbine/generator units with a nominal total capacity of 5 MW. Unit 1 will be a double regulated Kaplan unit with a capacity of 1.3 MW, and units 2 and 3 will be fixed blade units each with a capacity of 1.85 MW. The expected annual average generation of the project is 20,917 MWh.

The project will include a new 1,250-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line. It is anticipated that the proposed project would interconnect with an existing distribution line to the west of the proposed powerhouse owned by Clark Energy Cooperative.

Cave Run Energy is affiliated with Gravity Renewables Inc. out of Boulder, Colo.

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