Albany Engineering seeks FERC permit on N.Y. hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a Sept. 9 notice said that on Aug. 20 it got an application from Albany Engineering Corp. on a 23.7-MW hydro project in New York.

Albany Engineering filed an application for a successive preliminary permit, proposing to continue to study the feasibility of hydropower adjacent to the New York State Canal Corp.’s Lock C5 located on the Hudson River in Saratoga and Washington counties, N.Y. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The proposed Thomson Project would consist of:

  • a new arc-shaped dam consisting of six 111-foot-long 12-foot-high spillway sections integrated with five 50-foot-diameter circular-shell piers, located 1,600 feet downstream of the existing Northumberland Dam;
  • a new 324-acre impoundment between the new dam and the existing Northumberland Dam, that would extend an existing impoundment having a surface area of 2,750 acres at a normal water surface elevation of 101.1 feet mean sea level by lowering the crest of the existing dam;
  • a 4,000-foot-long by 12-foot-deep segment of the existing Champlain Canal;
  • the existing Lock No. 5 facilities; 
  • five identical turbine-generating units each housed in one of five circular-shell piers, with a total capacity of 23.7 MW; and
  • a new 8,000-foot-long, 34.5-kV transmission line.

The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 68.9 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Wendy Jo Carey, Albany Engineering, 5 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; phone: (518) 456-7712.

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