FERC approves Kentucky hydro project permits for Free Flow Power

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 28 issued preliminary permits, which allow a three-year period to look at project feasibility, for five Kentucky hydro projects of Free Flow Power, a major developer of hydro projects nationwide.

If, after this exclusive period for feasibility work, the applicant decides to proceed with a project, then a license application would need to be filed with FERC.

The preliminary permits cover:

  • FFP Project 57 LLC is looking at developing the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #4 Water Power Project, which would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kentucky River Lock and Dam #4 on the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Ky. The project would include: a 140-foot-long, 90-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 6.8 MW; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 200-foot-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have average annual generation of 26,700 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
  • FFP Project 56 LLC is studying the feasibility of the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #3 Water Power Project, located at the Corps’ Kentucky River Lock and Dam #3 on the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Ky. The project would include: a 150-foot-long, 100-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with total capacity of 7.1 MW; a 4.16/34.5 kV substation; and a 5.5-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 28,100 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
  • FFP Project 55 LLC is looking at developing the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #2 Water Power Project, located at the Corps’ Kentucky River Lock and Dam #2 on the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Ky. The project would include: a 150-foot-long, 100-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 7.4 MW; a 4.16/34.5 kV substation; and a 2.0-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 29,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
  • FFP Project 119 LLC is looking at developing the Green River Lock and Dam #2 Water Power Project, located at the Corps’ Green River Lock and Dam #2 on the Green River in McLean County, Ky. The project would include: a 160-foot-long, 100-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 8.9 MW; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 0.8-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. It would have average annual generation of 42,800 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
  • FFP Project 118 LLC is looking to develop the Green River Lock and Dam #1 Water Power Project, which would be located at the Corps’ Green River Lock and Dam #1 on the Green River in Henderson County, Ky. The project would include: a 160-foot-long, 120-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 5.6 MW; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 2.0-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have average annual generation of 27,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.