FERC issues permit to Belton Power for 6-MW hydro project in Texas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 4 approved a three-year preliminary permit that allows Belton Power LLC to study the feasibility of a 6-MW hydro project in Texas.

On Feb. 28, Belton Power filed an application for a preliminary permit on the proposed Belton Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Belton Dam on the Leon River in Bell County, Texas.

 The project would consist of the following: five 300-foot-long, 48-inch-diameter steel penstocks each housing an inline generating unit for a total capacity of 6 MW; five 50-foot-long, 48-inch-wide tailraces on a 66-foot-long, 50-foot-wide concrete foundation downstream of the dam; a switchyard on the surface of the south bank of the dam; and a 1-mile-long, 12.5 kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated average annual generation of 20,000 megawatt-hours and operate as directed by the Corps. 

The applicant contact is: Magnús Jóhannesson, America Renewables Power LLC, 46 Peninsula Center, Ste. E, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, phone 310-699-6400.

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