FERC seeks input on another permit for Mississippi River hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Feb. 5 notice about a Jan. 20 application from Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund IV for a successive preliminary permit that would allow it to continue to study the feasibility of the proposed USACE MSR LD 17 Project.

The project is to be located at the existing Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 17 on the Mississippi River, near the city of New Boston, in Mercer County, Illinois, and Louisa County, Iowa. The Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 17 is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: three new 109-foot-wide by 40-foot-high steel lock frame modules each containing ten 650-kW hydropower turbines having a total combined generating capacity of 19.5 MW; one new 109-foot-wide and one new 220-foot-wide tailrace extending 75-150 feet downstream; a new 25-foot by 50-foot switchyard; a new intake structure of undetermined size; and a new 6-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 119,655 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, (877) 556-6566 extension 709.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing application is 60 days from the issuance of this Feb. 5 notice.

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