The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Sept. 25 that it will take 60 days of comment – and any competing offers – on an Aug. 16 application from Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC for a 9-MW hydro project in Pennsylvania.
Mid-Atlantic Hydro is seeking a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the Francis E. Walter Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Francis E. Walter Dam on the Lehigh River in Luzerne County, Pa. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.
The proposed project would consist of: an 11-foot-diameter steel penstock attached to the existing outlet; a concrete powerhouse to be located on the right descending bank; 6-MW and 3-MW generators for a total installed capacity of 9 MW; a concrete tailrace to direct flow from the powerhouse back into the Lehigh River; and a proposed 0.5-mile, 12.4-kV transmission line interconnecting with an existing Pennsylvania Power and Light transmission line. The estimated annual project generation would be 26 gigawatt-hours.
The applicant contact is: Jennifer Mesirow, Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; phone: (301) 718-4826.