The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 29 issued a notice that it has accepted, and is taking comment on, an application from Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XIX LLC for a 22-MW hydro project.
The company is proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Claiborne Lock & Dam on the Alabama River near the town of Monroeville in Monroe County, Ala.
The sole purpose of this preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the 36-month 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 the owners’ express permission.
The proposed project would consist of: a concrete-lined intake channel with a trash rack system; a 166.5-foot-long, 165.2-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 22 MW; a 250-foot- long, 165-foot-wide tailrace; a 13.8/115 kV substation; and a 5.5-mile- long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 145,850 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
The applicant contact is: Wayne Krouse, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund LLC, (877) 556-6566 ext. 709.