FERC seeks comment on three hydropower permit apps from Arkansas Electric

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 20 issued for 60 days of comment notice of three applications by Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. for preliminary permits to study the feasibility of hydroelectric projects on the Arkansas River.

The projects are:

Joe Hardin Lock and Dam #3

On March 3, Arkansas Electric filed an application for a preliminary permit on a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Joe Hardin Lock and Dam #3 on the Arkansas River near the towns of Pine Bluff and Grady in Jefferson and Lincoln counties, Arkansas.
 The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: a 800-foot-long, 400-foot-wide intake channel; a 200-foot-long, 210-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 48 MW; a 1,300-foot-long, 500-foot-wide tailrace; a 6.9/115 kV substation; and a 5-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 155,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps. 

David D. Terry Lock and Dam #6 

On March 3, Arkansas Electric filed an application for a preliminary permit on a project to be located at the Corps’ David D. Terry Lock and Dam #6 on the Arkansas River near the town of Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas. 

The proposed project would consist of: a 600-foot-long, 500-foot-wide intake channel; a 200-foot-long, 210-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 39.6 MW; a 1,100-foot-long, 400-foot-wide tailrace; a 6.9/115 kV substation; and a 4-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 140,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

Col. Charles D. Maynard Lock and Dam #5

On March 3, Arkansas Electric filed an application for a preliminary permit on a hydropower project to be located at the Corps’ Col. Charles D. Maynard Lock and Dam #5 on the Arkansas River near the town of Pine Bluff in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

The proposed project would consist of: a 800-foot-long, 400-foot-wide intake channel; a 200-foot-long, 210-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 36 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 400-foot-wide tailrace; a 6.9/115 kV substation; and a 4-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 140,000 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact in all three cases is: Jonathan Oliver, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., One Cooperative Way, Little Rock, AR 72209, Phone: (501) 570-2488, jonathan.oliver@aecc.com.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications in all three cases is 60 days from the issuance of these notices.

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