The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 2 issued a preliminary permit, good for three years, to Shenango Dam Hydroelectric Co. LLC, allowing it exclusivity to study the feasibility of the proposed Shenango Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Shenango River near the Borough of Sharpsburg in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
The proposed project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Shenango dam. The project would consist of: five bulb turbines/generators having a total installed capacity of 2,500 kW to be installed on the upstream face of the Corps’ existing Shenango dam in five of the seven discharge conduits; a proposed steel equipment building 11 feet wide by 40 feet long housing the switchgear and transformer; and a 400-foot-long, 14.7-kV transmission line extending to the existing FirstEnergy transmission system. The estimated average annual generation of the proposed project would be about 10,000 megawatt hours.
The purpose of a preliminary permit is to preserve the right of the permit holder to have the first priority in applying for a license for the project that is being studied. Because a permit is issued only to allow the permit holder to investigate the feasibility of a project while the permittee conducts investigations and secures necessary data to determine the feasibility of the proposed project and to prepare a license application, it grants no land-disturbing or other property rights.
During the course of the permit, the commission said it expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.