FERC terminates permit for 3-MW hydro project in New York

Citing a failure to file needed project updates, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 18 revoked a preliminary permit it had issued in August 2014 to ECOsponsible Inc. to study the feasibility of the 3-MW Caughdenoy Lock Hydro Project.

Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on Aug. 11, 2015, that its second progress report due on July 31, 2015, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days.

The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is hereby cancelled, said FERC. The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on Oct. 18.

This facility was intended to be located on the Oneida River near the Town of Clay in Onondaga County, New York. The proposed project would consist of: an existing abandoned steam ship canal at the Caughdenoy dam; three turbines for a total installed capacity of 3 MW; and a new 50-foot-long transmission line from the powerhouse to an existing 15-kV grid connection point located adjacent to county Highway #33. The estimated annual generation of the Caughdenoy Project would be 13,446 megawatt-hours.

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