FERC seeks comment on permit app for 15-MW hydro project in Alabama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 24 put out for comment a March application from Lock Hydro Friends Fund III for a preliminary permit under which the company would study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Selden Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River near the town of Sawyerville in Green and Hale counties, Alabama.

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.

The proposed project would consist of: a 150-foot-long, 25-foot-wide lock frame module containing ten generating units with a total capacity of 15 MW; a 150-foot-long; 65-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long, 25-foot-wide switchyard; and a 2.3-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 78,840 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, Hydro Green Energy LLC, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, Phone: (877) 556-6566, wayne@hgenergy.com.

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. 24 notice.

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