Virginia muni plans traditional license for 1-MW hydro facility

Radford Electric Utilities in Virginia said in a July 21 notice in the Federal Register that it intends to use the traditional licensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its municipal hydro-electric facility.

The facility, listed at 1 MW capacity in GenerationHub data, is located on the Little River near the city of Radford, in Montgomery and Pulaski counties, Virginia. The project does not affect federal lands.

The city electric utility had earlier filed a request May 23. In a letter dated July 11, the Director of the Division of Hydropower Licensing approved Radford’s request to use the traditional licensing process.

With the Federal Register notice, Radford is initiating informal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act as well as consultation with the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer, as required by section 106, National Historic Preservation Act.

The applicant contact is Tim Logwood, City of Radford Electric Utilities; (540) 731-3641 or email at

The FERC contact is Allyson Conner at (202) 502-6082 or email at

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