FERC seeks comments on six Mon River hydro projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Sept. 22 that it is taking scoping comments about what should be covered in an environmental assessment of six Feb. 27 applications from affiliates of Free Flow Power for original major licenses for hydroelectric projects.

Local public scoping meetings are planned for Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, with a scoping meeting for involved agencies on Oct. 10 in Pittsburgh. The deadline for filing scoping comments is Nov. 10.

The applicants are FFP Missouri 16 LLC, FFP Missouri 15 LLC, Solia 8 Hydroelectric LLC, FFP Missouri 13 LLC, Solia 5 Hydroelectric LLC and Solia 4 Hydroelectric LLC. The proposed projects would be located at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ dams on the Monongahela River in Monongalia County, West Virginia, and Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties, Pennsylvania.

  • The proposed Opekiska Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be the most upstream project at river mile (RM) 115.4 and would two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 6 MW.
  • The Morgantown Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 102.0 and include two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 5 MW.
  • The Point Marion Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 90.8 and include two turbine-generator units with a total capacity of 5 MW.
  • The Grays Landing Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 82.0 and include two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 12 MW.
  • The proposed Maxwell Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 61.2 and would include two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 13 MW.
  • The proposed Monongahela Lock and Dam Number Four (Charleroi) Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 41.5 and include two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 12 MW.

The applicants propose to operate the six projects in “run-of-river” mode, using only the existing flows that would normally be released through the Corps’ gates or spillway. Existing water surface elevations of each pool upstream of the dams would be maintained in accordance with the Corps’ existing management practices.

The Opekiska, Morgantown, Point Marion, Gray’s Landing, Maxwell, and Charleroi projects would produce an annual average of 25,300 megawatt-hours (MWh), 18,900 MWh, 16,500 MWh, 47,300 MWh, 56,800 MWh, and 48,500 MWh, respectively.

The applicant contact is: Thomas Feldman, Rye Development LLC, PO Box 390691, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 433-8140.

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