FERC seeks comment on license app for 5-MW hydroelectric project in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 25 went out for comment on an April 16 application from FFP Project 92 LLC for an original major license on the Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 Hydroelectric Project, which would be located on the Kentucky River in Estill and Madison counties, Kentucky.

The project would be sited at the existing Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 which is owned by the state of Kentucky and operated by the Kentucky River Authority.

The deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests, comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary prescriptions is 60 days from the issuance date of this Sept. 25 notice. Reply comments are due 75 days from the issuance date of this notice.

The dam was originally constructed from 1904 to 1906 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers for the purpose of transportation. 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 proposed project would be operated in a run-of-river mode. It would include: the existing 579-acre impoundment; the existing fixed crest dam; a new reinforced concrete intake channel equipped with trashracks; a new powerhouse that includes an intake and headgate structure built within the existing lock structure; two new horizontal Pit Kaplan turbine generator units each rated at 2.5 MW; a new tailrace; a new substation; and a new 212-foot, 4.16-kV underground transmission cable from the generators to the new substation and a new approximately 4.5-mile-long, 69-kV overhead transmission line extending from the new substation to an existing substation located near Waco, Kentucky. The proposed project would generate about 18,500 megawatt-hours annually, which would be sold to a local utility.

An applicant contact is: Kellie Doherty, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111; Telephone (781) 856-2030, kellie@ryedevelopment.com.

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