FERC approves three Kentucky hydro permits for Free Flow Power

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 11 issued preliminary permits to three affiliates of Boston-based Free Flow Power for new hydro projects in Kentucky.

A preliminary permit allows a party and exclusive period of three years to look at project feasibility, with a permit extension available from there. A license is then needed from FERC if the decision is to proceed with the project.

The permits approved on Sept. 11 are:

  • On Jan. 1, FFP Project 117 LLC filed an application for a permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Kentucky River Lock and Dam #13 Project, which would be located on the Kentucky River, near the town of Beattyville in Lee County, Ky. The project would include: a 110-foot-long, 80-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 5 MW; a 4.16/34.5 kV substation; and a 0.3-mile-long, 34.5 kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 19,500 megawatt-hours.
  • On Jan. 1, FFP Project 116 LLC sought a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #9 Project, which would be located on the Kentucky River, near the town of Valley View in Jessamine and Madison counties, Ky. The proposed project would include: a 130-foot-long, 90-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 7.2 MW; a 4.16/69-kV substation; and a 0.3-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have average annual generation of 27,800 megawatt-hours.
  • On Jan. 1, FFP Project 115 LLC sought a preliminary permit for the Kentucky River Lock and Dam #5 Project, which would be located on the Kentucky River, near the town of Tyrone in Anderson and Woodford counties, Ky. The project would include: a 150-foot-long, 100-foot-wide powerhouse containing two units with a total capacity of 9.3 MW; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 0.9 mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. It would have average annual generation of 39,500 megawatt-hours.
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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.