Hydro Green Energy LLC, on behalf of subsidiary Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund II, applied March 31 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the Coffeeville Lock and Dam Hydropower Project, to be located on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coffeeville Lock and Dam on the Tombigbee River near Coffeeville, Alabama.
“This application is made in order so that the Applicant may secure and maintain priority of application for a license for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support an application for the project,” said the company.
The output from the uni-directional turbines will be generated by water diverted from the Tombigbee River in a conduit. Flows to the hydro plant would be coordinated with Corps. The project will operate in run-of-river mode. The generated power will connect to the electric grid with the installation of a new transformer in a new switchyard. A new 34.5-kV transmission line will connect power to the grid.
The hydropower development will consist of one lock frame module (LFM) consisting of twelve turbines. The LFM will be installed in a new conduit that transports water from the upper pool to the lower pool, along with flow control door assemblies that can open and close off flow to the units during an event that would require a suspension of generation. The conduit’s dimensions will be determined after on-site visits. The LFM will be approximately 120 feet wide and 40 feet high. Each of the turbines will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 2.25 MW based on a recorded net head of 30 feet. The entire system of turbines should produce about 27 MW.
A project contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, Chairman, Hydro Green Energy LLC, PO Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, 877-556-6566, email@example.com.