FERC seeks comment on another permit for hydroelectric project in New York

On Dec. 2, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission went out for comment on Sept. 22 application Albany Engineering Corp. for a successive preliminary permit allowing further time to study the feasibility of hydropower at the New York State Canal Corp.’s Lock C1 Dam located on the Hudson River in Saratoga and Rensselaer counties, New York.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The Waterford Hydroelectric Project would consist of: an existing 672-foot-long and 15-foot-high ogee-shaped concrete gravity dam with a 356-foot-long tainter-gated structure forming the eastern portion of the dam; an existing impoundment having a surface area of 400 acres and a storage capacity of 5,000 acre-feet at the spillway crest elevation of 28.3 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum; either a new powerhouse at the east end of the dam with two identical turbine generator units with a total installed capacity of 10.2 MW (Scenario 1), or two new identical modular floating barge-type structures at the west end of the tainter gates housing 18 turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 4 MW (Scenario 2); and a proposed 10,000-foot-long, 34.5-kV transmission line.

The proposed project would have an annual generation of 39,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) (Scenario 1) or 12,000 MWh (Scenario 2).

The applicant contact is: Wendy Jo Carey, Albany Engineering Corp., 5 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; phone: (518) 456-7712.

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 Dec. 2 notice.

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