Related companies pursue hydro project licenses in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 13 issued two notices of applications for original major hydro licenses from affiliated development companies for projects in Kentucky.

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

The applicant contact is: David Brown Kinloch, Lock 14 Hydro Partners, 414 S. Wenzel Street, Louisville, Ky. 40204, (502) 589-0975.

This application has been accepted and is now ready for environmental analysis. 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 for 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.

There was another Dec. 13 notice about a May 2012 
license application, in this case from Lock 12 Hydro Partners LLC for the Ravenna Dam Hydroelectric Project, to located near the Town of Ravenna, Estill County, Ky. It would be at the Kentucky River Authority’s Lock and Dam No. 12 on the Kentucky River.

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 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 developer contact for this application is the same as for the other application.

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