FERC takes comment on six Free Flow Power hydro projects in Ohio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 14 issued a public notice about six small hydroelectric projects in Ohio that are the subject of original major license applications from project affiliates of Boston-based Free Flow Power.

The license applicants are: Clean River Power MR-1 LLC; Clean River Power MR-2 LLC; Clean River Power MR-3 LLC; Clean River Power MR-5 LLC; Clean River Power MR-6 LLC; and Clean River Power MR-7 LLC. All of the projects are located at existing locks and dams on the Muskingum River in Washington, Morgan, and Muskingum counties, Ohio. The locks and dams were formerly owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but are currently owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.

FERC said in the Jan. 14 notice that these applications are now ready for environmental analysis.

The projects are:

  • The proposed Beverly Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Beverly Lock and Dam on the Muskingum River at river mile (RM) 24.6. The project would include: a 75-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located downstream of the dam on the left bank of the Muskingum River; two turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 3 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 970-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 17,853 megawatt-hours (MWh).
  • The proposed Devola Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Devola Lock and Dam on the Muskingum River at RM 5.8. The project would include: a 80-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located on the bank of the Muskingum River opposite the existing lock; two turbine-generator units providing a combined installed capacity of 4 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 3,600-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 20,760 MWh.
  • The proposed Malta/McConnelsville Lock and Dam Project, located at the existing Malta/McConnelsville dam on the Muskingum River at RM 49.4. The project would include: a 80-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located adjacent to the right bank of the dam; two turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 4 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 1,500-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to the local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 21,895 MWh.
  • The proposed Lowell Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Lowell dam on the Muskingum River at RM 13.6. The project would include: a 75-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located adjacent to the left bank of the dam; two turbine-generator units providing a combined installed capacity of 5 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 1,200-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to the local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 30,996 MWh.
  • The proposed Philo Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Philo dam on the Muskingum River at RM 68.6. The project would include: a 75-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located on the bank of the Muskingum River opposite the existing lock; two turbine-generator units providing a combined installed capacity of 3 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 1,600-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to the local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 15,957 MWh
  • The proposed Rokeby Lock and Dam Project, located at the existing Rokeby dam on the Muskingum River at RM 57.4. The project would include: a 75-foot by 160-foot powerhouse located on the bank of the Muskingum River opposite the existing lock; two turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 4 MW; a 40-foot by 40-foot substation; and a 490-foot-long, three-phase, overhead 69-kV transmission line to connect the project substation to the local utility distribution lines. The average annual generation would be about 17,182 MWh.

The applicant proposes to operate all six projects in a run-of-river mode, such that the water surface elevations within each project impoundment would be maintained at the crest of each respective dam spillway.

The applicant contact is: Ramya Swaminathan, Chief Operating Officer, Free Flow Power Corp., 239 Causeway Street, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114, phone (978) 283-2822.

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