FERC seeks input on permit app for 4-MW Texas hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put out for notice on Aug. 6 a Feb. 28 application from Wright Patman Power LLC for a three-year preliminary permit on a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wright Patman Dam on the Sulphur River near the town of Texarkana in Bowie County, Texas.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: three 48 inch-diameter, 300-foot-long steel penstocks; three inline generation units with a total capacity of 4 MW; a switchyard on the south bank adjacent to the dam; and a 1-mile-long, 138-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 10,000 megawatt-hours and operate utilizing surplus water from the Wright Patman Lake, as directed by the Corps.

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 Aug. 6 notice.

A project contact is: Magnús Jóhannesson, America Renewables LLC, 46 Peninsula Center, Ste E, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, Phone: 310-699-6400, Email: mj@americarenewables.com.

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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.