FERC seeks comment on 8-MW Kansas hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 8 put out for comment a Sept. 9 application from Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC for a preliminary permit on a 7.9-MW hydro project in Kansas.

The company wants under the permit to study the feasibility of the Tuttle Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located on Big Blue River in the city of Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas. 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 new 350-foot-long, 16-foot-diameter steel penstock; a new 100-foot-long, 50-foot-wide concrete powerhouse, containing one 7.9-MW turbine generator unit; a new 2.8-mile-long, 25-kV transmission line; an existing 860-foot-long, 20-foot-diameter horseshoe conduit; and a new 40-foot-long, 50-foot-wide switchyard connecting to the existing Weststar Substation.

The estimated annual generation of the Tuttle Creek Project would be 30,500 megawatt-hours per year.

The applicant contact is: Kristina Johnson, Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; phone (301) 718-4432.

The deadline for filing comments, or competing applications, is 60 days from Nov. 8.

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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.