FERC takes comment on license app for Alabama hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 2 went out for 60 days of public comment on a December 2011 application by Oliver Hydro LLC for a license on the 11.7-MW project in Alabama.

The application was for an Original Major License for the William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project. It would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County, Ala. The project would occupy 8.7 acres of federal lands administered by the Corps’ Mobile District.

The proposed project would utilize the Corps’ existing dam and would consist of the following new facilities: a forebay; an intake structure; a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 11.7 MW; a 150-foot-long, 68-foot-wide tailrace; a proposed 1.7-mile-long, 25-kV transmission line; and a switchyard.

The project would have an average annual generation of 42.6 GWh, and operate in a run-of-river mode utilizing surplus water from the William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam, as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact is: Vincent Lamarra, Symbiotics LLC, 975 South State Highway, Logan, UT 84321; (435) 752-2580; vincent.lamarra@symbioticsenergy.com.

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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.