Hydro Green Energy again seeks permit on Mississippi River hydro project

Hydro Green Energy (HGE), on behalf of Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund IV LLC (HFF), on Jan. 20 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a rehearing on its rejected 2014 application for a preliminary permit for the MSR LD 17 Hydropower Project.

This facility is to be located on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lock and Dam No. 17 on the Mississippi River near New Boston, Illinois. The successive preliminary permit application was filed Oct. 4, 2014. HFF received a deficiency notice on Nov. 13, 2014, pertaining to a missing form. HFF received a notice of rejection of the permit application on Jan. 16 and was given 30 days to refile the application. That missing form, Form 587, is now included in the permit application.

HFF was the previous preliminary permit holder for this project site. HFF will use all of the work on the previous permit which includes hydraulic engineering evaluation, investigations into potential routes for transmission lines and commercial discussions over the previous three years for this project to file a development application for this project during the term of the requested preliminary permit.

At the dam, one patented, power generating lock frame module will be placed in the lower pool side of the weir west of the gated portion of the dam. Three lock frame modules will be placed on the western side of the dam. The applicant will use patented technology provided by Hydro Green Energy. Each of the turbines will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 650 kW based on a design head of nine feet. The entire system of turbines should produce approximately 19.5 MW. The generated power will connect to the electric grid with the installation of a new transformer in a new switchyard. A new 69-kV transmission line will run approximately six miles to connect to the grid.

A project contact is:Wayne Krouse, Managing Member, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund IV, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, phone 877-556-6566 extension 709, wayne@hgenergy.com.

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