FERC terminates permit for 20-MW hydro project in Iowa

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 24 gave notice of termination of a successive preliminary permit that had been held by the city of Guttenberg, Iowa, to further study the feasibility of the 20-MW Guttenberg Water Power Project.

This latest preliminary permit had been issued by FERC in December 2013. This project was to be located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lock and Dam 10 on the Mississippi River, near the township of Guttenberg in Clayton County, Iowa.

Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the city submit a progress report every six months. The permittee was notified on Jan. 9 that its second progress report due in November 2014 was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. “The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled,” said the March 24 notice.

The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on April 23. But, if the commission is closed on this day, then the permit is cancelled effective the close of business on the next day in which the commission is open. No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective. Any party may file a request for rehearing of this order within 30 days from the date of its issuance.

The proposed project was to include: an existing 140-foot-wide by 280-foot-long auxiliary lock; a new 110-foot-wide by 250-foot-long concrete powerhouse containing four new 5-MW pit-type horizontal turbine units for a total capacity of 20 MW; an existing local step-up transformer; and a new 300-foot- long, 69-kV transmission line extending from the local transformer to the interconnection point with the local grid, which is owned and operated by the city of Guttenberg. The estimated annual generation of the project was 63,400 megawatt-hours.

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