FERC approves license for small hydro project in Illinois

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 18 issued an original major license to Shelbyville Hydro LLC for a 6.8-MW hydro project in Illinois.

In October 2011, Shelbyville Hydro filed an application for an original license to construct, operate, and maintain its proposed Lake Shelbyville Dam Hydroelectric Project. It will be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Shelbyville Dam on the Kaskaskia River in Shelby County, Ill.

Lake Shelbyville Dam is an earthen embankment with an elevation of 643 feet above mean sea level (msl). The dam is 3,025 feet long and rises 108 feet above the river bed.

The Lake Shelbyville Project will use the existing Lake Shelbyville Dam, intake structure, Tainter gates and outlet structures that control outflow at the spillway, along with new facilities that include: a 60-foot-long, 50-foot-wide, 68-foot-high concrete powerhouse containing a 6.8-MW Kaplan turbine-generator; a 12.47-kV, 407-foot-long buried transmission line connecting the project to an existing Shelby Electric Cooperative substation located 900 feet downstream of the dam; and a four-foot by six-foot transformer pad located adjacent to the powerhouse.

Shelbyville Hydro proposes to operate the hydropower project in a run-of-release mode, utilizing releases from Lake Shelbyville as they are provided by the Corps.

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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.