FERC seeks comment on permit app for small hydroelectric project in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 10 went out for comment on an Aug. 26 application from Empire State Hydro 303 LLC for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Rock Bottom Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Susquehanna River near the city of Binghamton in Broome County, New York.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: an existing gravity dam; a proposed concrete powerhouse housing eight low-head, horizontal bulb turbines having a total installed capacity of 1,992 kW; a proposed concrete tailrace wall extending approximately 100 feet downstream; and a proposed 500-foot-long, 12,700-volt transmission line interconnecting with the local utility. The project would have average annual generation of about 10 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Mark Boumansour, Gravity Renewables Inc., 1401 Walnut Street, Suite 220, Boulder, CO 80302, phone (303) 440-3378.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this Sept. 10 notice.

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