FERC rejects new permit for 10-MW Hydro Green project in Mississippi

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 23 rejected an April 1 application from Hydro Green Energy LLC, filed on behalf of subsidiary Lock Hydro Friends Fund XVIII, for a successive preliminary permit on the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam Project.

The facility would be located at the existing John C. Stennis Lock & Dam on the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County, Mississippi.

In April 2012, commission staff issued Lock XVIII a preliminary permit for the proposed Stennis L&D Project. It would consist of: one lock frame module, to be constructed on the end of the dam opposite the lock, containing 10 hydroelectric generating units, with a total combined capacity of 10 MW; a new switchyard containing a transformer; and a proposed 1.9-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line connecting to an existing distribution line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 52.560 gigawatt-hours.

Said the Dec. 23 FERC order: “During the three year term through which Lock XVIII 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. Instead, the five one-page reports were very similar and listed a total of four general activities. The first two reports referenced gathering site information and requesting and waiting for information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The majority of the reports referenced studying power markets and considering lowhead turbine technology. The reports contain little evidence of progress toward development of a license application.

“The record under the prior permit shows that Lock XVIII 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, Lock XVIII’s application for a successive preliminary permit for the Stennis L&D Project is denied.”

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