FERC okays permit for hydro project in Alabama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec, 8 approved a three-year preliminary permit for a 16.4-MW hydro project in Alabama.

On April 14, the FFP Project 97 LLC affilate of Boston-based Free Flow Power filed an application for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the William Bacon Oliver Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

The proposed project would consist of: (1) a 320-foot-long, 120-foot-wide intake channel; (2) a 90-foot-long, 140-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 16.4 MW; (3) a 320-foot-long, 140-foot-wide tailrace; (4) a 4.16/115 kV substation; and (5) a 1-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 65,800 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

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