Mahoning Hydropower drops permit for small project in West Virginia

Mahoning Hydropower LLC, which last year got an extra two years under a preliminary permit so it could keep studying the feasibility of the Stonewall Jackson Hydroelectric Project in West Virginia, said in a brief Oct. 27 notice to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is is dropping the permit.

“We wish to surrender our preliminary permit for the subject project,” said the notice. “Thank you to you and the other resource agencies for your support during our feasibility evaluation.”

Mahoning Hydropower had intended to pursue an original license from FERC for development of a minor water power project at the Stonewall Jackson Lake Dam on the West Fork River in Weston, West Virginia. Mahoning intended to repower the existing project, shut since 2002, for the purposes of renewable energy generation.

In January 2014, the company had filed with FERC a Preliminary Application Document (PAD) for the project. It said the project is unique in that it is a fully constructed hydropower station which was integrated into a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) flood control project. The hydropower facilities were previously operated by the USACE, however project operations ceased in 2002, and the facility has been idle since then.

Mahoning intended to bring the existing project back into service utilizing the existing infrastructure and facility which includes; the existing concrete gravity dam, existing power station equipment and appurtenant facilities, as well as the existing electrical interconnection. The powerhouse contains one 300-kW crossflow turbine/generator system. The proposal included re-use of the existing electrical interconnection to a 12.5-kV distribution line to the northeast owned by Monongahela Power, a unit of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE). The average annual energy production was estimated to be 1,780 MWh/year.

A company contact is: Anthony Marra, General Manager, Mahoning Hydropower LLC, 11365 Normandy Lane, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, 440.804.6627. 

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