FERC seeks comment on 3-MW New York hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 29 went out for comment on a Feb. 3 application from ECOsponsible Inc. for a preliminary permit on a 3-MW hydro project in New York.

The company is proposing to study the feasibility of the Caughdenoy Lock Hydro Project, to be located on the Oneida River near the Town of Clay in Onondaga County, N.Y. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder a three-year priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: an existing abandoned steam ship canal at the Caughdenoy dam; three turbines for a total installed capacity of 3,000-kW; and a new 50-foot-long transmission line from the powerhouse to an existing 15-kV grid connection point located adjacent to county Highway #33. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 13,446 megawatt-hours.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of the April 29 notice.

The applicant contact is: Dennis Ryan, Executive Director, ECOsponsible Inc., 120 Mitchell Road, Ease Aurora, New York 14052; phone: (716) 655-3524.

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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.