FERC seeks comment on permit app for hydroelectric project in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 26 put out for comment an Aug. 14 application from Cave Run Energy LLC for a preliminary permit, under which it would for up to three years study the feasibility of a hydropower project located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cave Run Dam, which is on the Licking River in Rowan and Bath counties, Kentucky.

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: a bifurcation structure constructed at the end of the dam’s outlet conduit; a powerhouse containing three turbine/generating units with a total capacity of 4.95 MW; a 70-foot-long, 150-inch-diameter steel penstock; and a 1,200-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 20,000 megawatt-hours, and operate utilizing surplus water from the Cave Run Dam, as directed by the Corps.

An applicant contact is: Mark Boumansour, Cave Run Energy LLC, 1401 Walnut St., Suite 220, Boulder, CO 80302, (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 Oct. 26 notice.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.