Belton Power gives up permit on 6-MW hydro project in Texas

Belton Power LLC on March 2 filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a petition for surrender of a preliminary permit that was issued this past December 4 for a 6-MW hydropower project in Texas.

“After an extensive analysis of the hydrology of this potential hydroelectric opportunity the company has determined that due to periods of seasonal low flow and low cost of energy, project economics are negative in today’s market,” said the notice. “As such the Permittee will not be pursuing project development further.”

FERC had on Dec. 4 approved a three-year preliminary permit that allowed Belton Power to study the feasibility of the Belton Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Belton Dam on the Leon River in Bell County, Texas. The project would have had an estimated average annual generation of 20,000 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Magnús Jóhannesson, America Renewables Power LLC, 46 Peninsula Center, Ste. E, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274, phone 310-699-6400.

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