The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 29 issued a preliminary permit to Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC for a 7.9-MW hydroelectric project in Kansas.
In September 2013, Mid-Atlantic Hydro filed an application to study the feasibility of the proposed Tuttle Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuttle Creek Dam on the Big Blue River in the city of Manhattan in Riley County, Kansas.
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.
This preliminary permit grants the company three years of exclusivity to look at project feasibility, with a license application then needed if the decision is to move forward.
The applicant contact is: Kristina Johnson, Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; phone (301) 718-4432.