FERC rejects another permit for small hydroelectric project in Kentucky

Citing a lack of progress toward a license application, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 23 rejected an Aug. 13 application from Green River Energy BFD LLC for a successive preliminary permit for the Green River Lake Project, to be located at the Green River Lake Dam on the Green River in Taylor County, Ky.

The Green River Lake Dam is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In July 2012, commission staff issued Green River a preliminary permit for this project. It would consist of: a bifurcation structure constructed at the end of the dam’s outlet conduit; a 30-foot-long, 72 inch-diameter steel penstock; a powerhouse containing two turbine/generating units with a total capacity of 3.1 MW; and a 570-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line.

The proposed project would have an estimated annual generation of 18,261 megawatthours based on an installed capacity of 4.2 megawatts. In the successive permit application, Green River proposes to increase the capacity for each turbine/generator unit to 1.4 MW for a total of 4.2 MW.

During the three year term through which Green River held the initial preliminary permit, it did not file a Notice of Intent or Pre-Application Document to initiate the prefiling consultation and study development needed to prepare a license application, FERC said. The six-month progress reports contain little evidence of progress toward development of a license application.

Said the Dec. 23 FERC order: “The record under the prior permit shows that Green River LLC did not pursue the requirements of its prior preliminary permit with due diligence for purposes of receiving a successive permit because it failed to demonstrate progress toward preparing a development application. Therefore, Green River LLC’s application for a successive preliminary permit for the Green River Project is denied.”

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