Energy Resources pursues permit for 7-MW hydro project in Kentucky

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied Nov. 26 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed Green River Lock and Dam No. 5 Hydroelectric Project, which would use the existing Green River Lock and Dam No. 5 structure, located on the Green River, approximately eight-miles southwest of Brownsville in Edmonson County, Kentucky.

The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District. The permit would cover up to three years of project feasibility work, with a license application then needed if the decision is to take the project further.

The project would include two vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 3.5 MW each that will be installed in a new powerhouse for a total capacity of 7 MW. A 13 MVA 4.16/69 kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new, 50-foot wide by 60-foot long substation.

The applicant has identified existing transmission infrastructure in the proposed project area. These existing transmission elements will be evaluated during the permit period through field investigations and discussions with the local utility. It is anticipated that the project will utilize a single overhead three phase, 69-kV line which is approximately 11.5 miles in length, extending southwest from the substation and following the existing access road to 185 Hwy where it continues to the potential interconnection point. The potential interconnection point is an existing T-line 69 kV.

A project contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (954) 248-8425,

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