FERC agrees to terminate permit for Pennsylvania hydroelectric project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 23 said it has agreed to terminate a preliminary permit issued in July 2014 to Siting Renewables LLC that allowed the company three years to look at the feasibility of a hydroelectric project in Pennsylvania.

In December 2013, Siting Renewables filed an application for a preliminary permit on the proposed Hepburn Street Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near South Williamsport in Lycoming County, Pa. The Hepburn Street dam is owned by the state of Pennsylvania.

The proposed project would include nine channels, each with two 350-kW very low head turbines and generators, with a maximum generating capacity of 6.3 MW, and one 600-foot-long, 12.42/7.2-kV primary transmission line. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 33,100,000 kilowatt-hours.

Said FERC’s Jan. 23 notice: “Take notice that Siting Renewables, LLC, permittee for the proposed Hepburn Street Dam Hydroelectric Project, has requested that its preliminary permit be terminated. The permit was issued on July 1, 2014, and would have expired on June 30, 2017. The project would have been located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, near South Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The preliminary permit for Project No. 14572 will remain in effect until the close of business, February 22, 2015. But, if the Commission is closed on this day, then the permit remains in effect until the close of business on the next day in which the Commission is open. New applications for this site may not be submitted until after the permit surrender is effective.”

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