Duke Energy hydro project passes environmental muster with FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project.

Duke is seeking to re-license the hydro power project is located on the Toxaway, Keowee, and Little Rivers in Oconee County and Pickens County, South Carolina and Transylvania County, North Carolina.

“The draft EA contains staff’s analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the project and concludes that relicensing the project, with appropriate environmental measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment.”

That’s according to a notice of the document’s availability published in the Oct. 7 Federal Register. Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the date of the notice.

For further information, contact Rachel McNamara at (202) 502-8340 or rachel.mcnamara@ferc.gov.

According to GenerationHub data, the Keowee project includes two units with a combined generating capacity of roughly 150 MW.

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