FERC seeks input on license app for 5-MW hydro project in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 1 put out for public comment an April 16 original major license application from FFP Project 92 LLC for the 5-MW Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 Hydroelectric Project.

The project would be located on the Kentucky River in Estill and Madison counties, Kentucky, at the existing Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and operated by the Kentucky River Authority. The project would not affect federal land.

An applicant contact is: Elvir Mujanovic, Vice President of Finance, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111; Telephone (781) 856-2030; elvir@ryedevelopment.com.

At this site, there is a single lock chamber with a total length of 148 feet and width of 52 feet on the south end of the dam. However, a concrete bulkhead and miter gates were installed in front of the lock structure and it is no longer being used for navigational purposes. The Kentucky River Authority currently operates the dam to maintain the upriver channel depth and an impoundment to withdraw water for municipal drinking water purposes. The impoundment also serves the purposes of providing opportunities for recreation and habitat for fish and wildlife.

The proposed project would be operated in a run-of-river mode. It would include: the existing 579-acre impoundment, with a normal pool elevation of 585.60 feet North American Vertical Datum of 1988; the existing 208-foot-long, 35-foot-high fixed crest dam; a new 3.5-foot-high adjustable crest gate attached to the top of the dam that would be used to maintain the water surface elevation of the impoundment during project operations (i.e., when inflow would be diverted from the spillway to the proposed turbines); a new 275-foot-long, 75-foot-wide reinforced concrete intake channel equipped with trashracks with 3-inch bar spacing; a new 140-foot-long, 64.5-foot-wide powerhouse built within the existing lock structure, with two horizontal Pit Kaplan turbine generator units each rated at 2.5 MW for a total installed capacity of 5 MW; a new 190-foot-long, 78-foot-wide tailrace; a new 40-foot-long, 40-foot-wide substation; and a new approximately 4.5-mile-long, 69-kv transmission line extending from the new substation at the powerhouse to an existing substation near Waco, Ky.

The proposed project would generate about 18,500 megawatt-hours annually, which would be sold to a local utility.

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