The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 6 issued a preliminary permit to the FFP Project 58 LLC affiliate of Boston-based Free Flow Power for a 6-MW hydro project in Kentucky.
A preliminary permit grants a developer a three-year exclusive right to look at project feasibility, with a license application then needed if the decision is to proceed with project development.
On Feb. 1, FFP Project 58 LLC applied for the proposed Kentucky River Lock and Dam #6 Water Power Project, which would be located on the Kentucky River near the town of Salvisa in Mercer and Woodford counties, Ky.
The proposed project would consist of: a 465-foot-long, 34-foot-high timber crib dam; a reservoir with a surface area of 940 acres and a storage capacity of 16,310 acre-feet; a 300-foot-long, 160-foot-wide intake channel with a 70-foot-long retaining wall; a 140-foot-long, 70-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 6 MW; a 180-foot-long, 130-foot-wide tailrace with a 70-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/34.5 kV substation; and a 4.3-mile-long, 34.5 kV transmission line.
The project would have an average annual generation of 23,700 megawatt-hours.