105-MW Meldahl hydro project on the Ohio River goes into service

The Meldahl LLC affiliate of American Municipal Power said in a Nov. 2 registration filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that its 105-MW hydroelectric project on the Ohio River went into service on Oct. 23 of this year.

The filing, which includes pictures of the completed project, is for registration as a renewable energy generator.

The Meldahl Project diverts water from the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-owned Meldahl Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average annual output of approximately 558,000,000 kWh. The site includes an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel.

The powerhouse houses three horizontal 35-MW bulb type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 105 MW at a gross head of 30 feet, the registration noted. A 138-kV transmission line interconnection is planned to connect to the Midcontinent ISO market.

A listed project contact is: Jolene Thompson, Senior Vice President, Member Services and External Affairs, American Municipal Power, 1111 Schrock Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43229, Phone: 614-540-1111, jthompson@amppartners.org.

Said the AMP website: “Meldahl is a run-of-the-river project on the Captain Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam located near Maysville, Kentucky, approximately an hour southeast of Cincinnati. The project will divert water from the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 558 million kilowatt-hours (kWh).”

The website added: “AMP owns the Meldahl project, through a separate wholly owned limited liability company. AMP is developing the project with the member community of Hamilton, Ohio, which originally procured the development license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hamilton retains the rights for a 51 percent share of the energy output from the facility, with AMP taking the remaining output for the 48 other AMP members participating in the project.”

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