BOST4 files revised license app for 28-MW hydro project in Louisiana

BOST4 Hydroelectric LLC on Nov. 24 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised license application for the Lock and Dam No. 4 waterpower project, to be located at the Lock and Dam No. 4 (also known as The Russell B. Long Lock and Dam) on the Red River in Louisiana.

The proposed project will be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation facility located on the Red River. This will be a 28-MW project utilizing a single bulb turbine located on the east bank of the Red River.

The project development began in 2007 and a license application for the project was submitted to the FERC in February 2011. The application included a transmission line that extended from the powerhouse approximately 2.7 miles to the west along the Corps access road to interconnect with an existing line on the Central Louisiana Electric (Cleco) 34.5-kV distribution system. This interconnection point was based upon discussions with marketing representatives from Cleco.

The project license application was accepted by the FERC and an Environmental Assessment was completed in June 2013. In July 2013, the applicant was informed by the Cleco Transmission Department that the proposed interconnection location was not allowed under their regulations and the project would need to interconnect with the transmission system at a voltage of 69 kV or higher, said the application.

So the company said it began the process of developing a new interconnection plan for the project. At that time, it requested that the FERC place the licensing process on hold until an amended license application could be written. The current interconnection plan involves an 11.1-mile-long, 138-kV interconnection line. This line is in addition to a 2.7-mile-long line located adjacent to the Corps access road that was evaluated as part of the original license application. This amended license application addresses only the issues associated with the new 11.1-mile line. The remainder of the project and the impacts associated with the powerhouse and generation were documented in the original license application and have been the subject of the 2013 FERC Environmental Assessment.

Project contact information is: Bost4 Hydroelectric LLC, c/o Nelson Energy LLC, 8441 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 101, Golden Valley, MN 55426, Ph: 952-544-8133.

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