Siting Renewables reinstates permit for Pennsylvania hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Feb. 11 notice that Siting Renewables LLC, permittee for the Hepburn Street Dam Hydroelectric Project, has withdrawn its request to surrender its preliminary permit for this project.

The notice of surrender of the preliminary permit was issued on Jan. 23 and would have become effective on Feb. 22. The project site is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, near South Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

“Siting Renewables, LLC states that based upon newly acquired knowledge of equipment better suited for flow and head at this site, it requests the Commission stay the Siting Renewables surrender of its preliminary permit to study the feasibility of new design parameters for the Hepburn Street Dam Hydroelectric Project,” said the FERC notice. “The notice of surrender of preliminary permit for Project No. 14572 is hereby considered withdrawn and the preliminary permit in effect.”

The three-year preliminary permit was issued in July 2014. 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.

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