FERC seeks comment on two Kentucky hydroelectric projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will publish in the Dec. 20 Federal Register notices of original major license applications from related developers for hydroelectric projects on the Kentucky River in Kentucky.

One application was filed in May 2012 by Lock 12 Hydro Partners LLC for the Ravenna Dam Hydroelectric Project. It is to be located at the Kentucky River Authority’s Lock and Dam No. 12, on the Kentucky River, near the Town of Ravenna, Estill County, Ky.

The Ravenna Project consists of: an existing 240-foot-long, 17-foot-high concrete lock and dam with a 239-foot-long earthen dike, adjacent to the lock; an existing 345-acre reservoir having a storage capacity of 3,450-acre-feet; a new 40-foot-high, 52-foot-wide trashrack; a new powerhouse within the abandoned lock chamber containing four generating units for a total installed capacity of 2.64 MW; and a new 1,500-foot-long, 12.47-kV transmission line. The project is estimated to generate an average of 10,673,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

The other application was also filed in May 2012, this time by Lock 14 Hydro Partners LLC for the Heidelberg Dam Hydroelectric Project. It would be built at the Kentucky River Authority’s Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Kentucky River, near the Town of Heidelberg in Lee County, Ky.

The Heidelberg Project consists of: an existing 248-foot-long, 17-foot-high concrete lock and dam with a 319-foot-long stone piled dike adjacent to the lock; an existing 182-acre reservoir having a storage capacity of 1,820-acre-feet; a new 40-foot-high, 52-foot-wide trashrack; a new powerhouse integral to the abandoned lock containing four generating units with a total installed capacity of 2.64 MW; and a new 1,000-foot-long, 12.47-kV transmission line. The project is estimated to generate an average of 10,484,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

The applicant contact for both projects is: David Brown Kinloch, 414 S. Wenzel Street, Louisville, Ky. 40204, (502) 589-0975.

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