FERC seeks comment on competing apps for Louisiana hydroelectric project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 30 went out for comment on competing preliminary permit applications for a hydroelectric project in Louisiana.

On July 6 and Sept. 2, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXIX and Energy Resources USA Inc., respectively, filed preliminary permit applications under which each would study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Columbia Lock and Dam on the Ouachita River near the city of Columbia in Caldwell County, Louisiana. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XXIX’s proposed project would consist of: three 109-foot-wide Large Frame Modules, each containing eight generating units, with a total capacity of 8 MW; a 150-foot-long tailrace at the end of each Large Frame Module; a 2.5-mile-long, 69kV transmission line; and a new switchyard. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 45,500 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Wayne Krouse, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243; (877) 556-6566, extension 709.

Energy Resources USA’s proposed project would consist of: a 770-foot-long; 300-foot-wide intake area with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a 140-foot-wide, 90-foot-long reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 9 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 3-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 59,600 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, 2655 Le June Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, FL 33134; +34 93 252 3840.

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 Nov. 30 notice.

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