Developer seeks FERC-issued permit on Kentucky hydro project

Lock 11 Hydro Partners applied Feb. 27 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed Lock 11 Hydroelectric Station project on the Kentucky River in Estill and Madison counties, Kentucky.

The three-year preliminary permit, if issued, would allow the company time to study project feasibility without fear of a competing application being filed.

The proposed project would place seven turbine-generators into the existing abandoned lock chamber at Lock 11 on the Kentucky River. The existing dam and lock chamber were built between 1904 and 1906 and are made of concrete. The lock and dam were put into operation in 1906 and are owned and operated by the Kentucky River Authority. While built for navigation, the dam is presently used for recreation and water supply.

The lock chamber is abandoned and a concrete bulkhead has been placed in the lock chamber just below the upper miter gates to prevent failure and loss of pool. The dam is located at mile 201.0 on the Kentucky River. There are no existing penstocks, powerhouses, or tailraces at the site.

The proposed project would not change the dam height or have any affect on river levels, as it would be operated in a run-of-river mode. An existing three-phase distribution line owned by Kentucky Utilities runs within 1,000 feet of the project site. The project would interconnect directly into this distribution line; thus no new or additional transmission facilities will be required.

The combined capacity of the seven turbine-generators would be 2.8 MW. The estimated output would be on average 11,000 Megawatt-hours of electricity annually.

A project contact is: David Brown Kinloch, Shaker Landing Hydro Associates, 414 S. Wenzel Street, Louisville, KY 40204, (502) 589-0975,

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