FERC takes input on permit application for small hydro project in Ohio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 11 issued a notice about a December 2014 application from Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Ellis Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Ellis Lock and Dam on the Muskingum River in Muskingum County, Ohio.

The Ellis Lock and Dam is owned and operated by the state of Ohio. There are no federal lands associated with the project. 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: the existing 340-foot-long by 15.3- foot-high Ellis Dam spillway and 352-acre reservoir with a normal elevation of 690 feet mean sea level; five new 500-kW Very Low Head 4000 submersible turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 2.5 MW; a new 40-foot-long by 20- foot-wide switchyard containing a three phase step-up transformer, protective equipment, and metering equipment; and a new 150-foot-long, 12.5 to 34.5 kV, overhead transmission line that would connect to an existing local utility distribution system. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 9,500 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: John Collins, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, (301) 718-4431.

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

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