Albany Engineering works through issues on N.Y. hydro project

Saying it still has plans for its 25-MW Thomson Hydroelectric Project, Albany Engineering Corp. (AEC) on Aug. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a successive preliminary permit on the long-delayed project.

AEC previously held a preliminary permit for this project that was issued in March 2007 for a term of 36 months. In September 2006 AEC submitted a Notification of Intent to file an application for an original license and a Pre-Application Document for the Thomson Hydroelectric Project. AEC continued to perform under the requirements for the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP), culminating in the filing of the Preliminary Licensing Proposal on Aug. 13, 2013.

“Because the project is located within the active Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site, the ongoing PCB remediation activities have necessarily affected the progress of project development and are beyond AEC’s control,” the Aug. 20 application noted. “On March 15, 2013 AEC requested an extension of time for submittal of the license application. On April 14, 2013, the Commission notified AEC that, while the requested extension shows good cause, it is not clear how long it will take to complete PCB remediation. Therefore, the ILP for the Thomson Hydroelectric Project will be held in abeyance pending completion of PCB remediation activities within the project area.”

AEC said it understands that the commission may grant successive permits if it concludes that the applicant has diligently pursued the requirements of its prior permit in good faith. Based on AEC’s progress under the ILP, and the mitigating circumstances, AEC said it respectfully requests the commission’s consideration in issuing a successive permit for the Thomson Hydroelectric Project. A preliminary permit would keep any other party from competing with AEC for this project.

The project is on the Hudson River in the Town of Greenwich, N.Y., and adjacent to Lock No. 5 of the Champlain Canal. It will operate in run-of-river mode. When fully developed, the project site will have a nameplate capacity of 25 MW (5 MW in each of five powerhouses) and a maximum operating capacity of 23,700 kW. The facility will be capable of generating approximately 68,971,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable power on an average annual basis.

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