The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 8 went out for comment on a draft environmental assessment for a 50-MW hydroelectric project on the Ohio River.
In March 2011, the City of Wadsworth, Ohio, applied for a license to construct and operate its proposed Robert C. Byrd Hydroelectric Project. The project would be located on the Ohio River at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, approximately 12.7 miles south of the confluence of the Ohio River and the Kanawha River, and 9 miles south of the Town of Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio.
The project would be constructed on the Ohio shoreline, adjacent to the right abutment of the existing RC Byrd Locks and Dam. It would include a reinforced concrete powerhouse measuring approximately 258 feet long by 145 feet wide by 110 feet high, and housing two bulb-type turbine generator units with a total installed capacity of 50 MW. The project would have an estimated average annual generation of 266,000 megawatt-hours annually.
The transmission line would cross the Ohio River from the proposed power plant and traverse private land and Corps land within Mason County, W.Va. The transmission line would cross the river supported on steel lattice towers, and beyond the river crossing, would be strung on wood pole structures to a point of connection at an existing American Electric Power substation near Apple Grove, W.Va.