The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Oct. 10 that it will take 60 days of public comment on a July 2 application by the City of Guttenberg, Iowa, for a successive preliminary permit on a 20-MW hydro project.
Under this extended preliminary permit, the city wants to keep studying the feasibility of the Guttenberg Water Power Project, to be located on the Mississippi River near the township of Guttenberg, in Clayton County, Iowa. 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:
- an existing 140-foot-wide by 280-foot-long auxiliary lock;
- a new 110-foot-wide by 250-foot-long concrete powerhouse containing four new 5 MW pit-type horizontal turbine units for a total capacity of 20 MW;
- an existing local step-up transformer; and
- a new 300-foot-long, 69-kV transmission line extending from the local transformer to the local grid (the point of interconnection) which is owned and operated by the City of Guttenberg.
The estimated annual generation of the Guttenberg Water Power Project would be 63,400 megawatt-hours.
The applicant contact is: Barry Dykhuizen, City of Guttenberg, P.O. Box 580, 502 S. 1st Street, Guttenberg, IA 52052-0580; phone: (563) 252-1161, ext. 109.