FERC accepts application on 22-MW Alabama hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Sept. 23 notice that it will take public comments –and any competing applications – for 60 days related to a preliminary permit application for a 22-MW hydro project in Alabama.

On April 2, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XIX LLC applied for a preliminary permit, proposing to study the feasibility of a 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 a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

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 proposed 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, 4900 Woodway, Suite 745, Houston, TX 77056; Phone: (877) 556-6566 ext. 709.

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