FERC fields competing permit applications for Mississippi River hydro project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in an Oct. 7 notice that it will take comment on competing applications for a preliminary permit for a hydroelectric project on the Mississippi River.

On July 20 and Sept. 2, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XI LLC and Energy Resources USA Inc., respectively, filed preliminary permit applications to study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the existing Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 25 on the Mississippi River, near the city of Winfield in Lincoln County, Missouri, and Calhoun County, Illinois.

Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 25 is owned by the United States government and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. 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.

  • Hydro Friends Fund’s project would consist of: three new 450-foot-wide by 25-foot-deep modular hydropower systems, each containing ten new 1-MW turbine-generator units, for a combined capacity of 30 MW; a new 200-foot-long by 450-foot-wide tailrace; a new 7-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line; and a new 25-foot by 50-foot switchyard. The project would have estimated annual generation of 170,000 megawatt-hours. The applicant contact is: Wayne Krouse, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243; (877) 556-6566, extension 709.
  • Energy Resources’ project would consist of: a new 770-foot-long by 300-foot-wide intake area; a new 90-foot by 220-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse; four 3-MW turbine-generators, having a combined capacity of 12 MW; a new 1,000-foot-long by 220-foot-wide tailrace area; a new 40-foot by 35-foot substation; a new 50-foot-wide by 60-foot-long substation; and a new 7.69-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 101.9 gigawatt-hours. The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, 2655 Le June Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, FL 33134; +34 93 252 3840.

FERC said 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 Oct. 7 notice.

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