FERC seeks comment on license apps for ten hydroelectric projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 17 issued a combined notice about ten pending applications, all filed in 2014, for original major licenses on hydroelectric projects.

The applicants are: FFP Missouri 16 LLC; FFP Missouri 15 LLC; Solia 8 Hydroelectric LLC; FFP Missouri 13 LLC; Solia 5 Hydroelectric LLC; Solia 4 Hydroelectric LLC; FFP Missouri 12 LLC; FFP Missouri 5 LLC; FFP Missouri 6 LLC; and Solia 6 Hydroelectric LLC. All applicants are subsidiaries of FFP New Hydro LLC.

The proposed projects would be located at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams on the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers.

The applicant contact is: Kellie Doherty, Vice President–Environmental, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Ave, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, (781) 856-2030.

The deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions is 60 days from the issuance date of this Dec. 17 notice. Reply comments are due 105 days from the notice.

The projects are:

  • The Opekiska Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be the most upstream project at river mile (RM) 115.4 on the Monongahela River and would consist of the following new facilities: a 180-foot-long, 95-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 30-foot-long, 50-foot-high, 70-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 120-foot-long, 60-foot-high, 70-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the west bank of the river; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 6 MW; a 280-foot-long, 64-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 3,511-foot-long, 12.5-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line.
  • The Morgantown Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 102.0 on the Monongahela River and consist of these new facilities: a 100-foot-long, 64-foot-wide intake channel located downstream of the Corp’s 6th spillway gate on the east side of the river; a pair of spill gates totaling 60 feet wide located within the intake channel; a 30-foot-long, 50-foot-high, 64-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 120-foot-long, 60-foot-high, 70-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 5 MW; a 170-foot-long, 90-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 2,162-foot-long, 12.5-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line. 
  • The Point Marion Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 90.8 on the Monongahela River and consist of these new facilities: a 280-foot-long, 70-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 30-foot-long, 50-foot-high, 70-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 120-foot-long, 60-foot-high, 70-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the east bank of the river; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 5 MW; a 215-foot-long, 84-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 3,325-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing substation.
  • The Grays Landing Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 82.0 on the Monongahela River and consist of these new facilities: a 300-foot-long, 130-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 100-foot-long, 84-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 576-foot-long, 2.5-foot-high adjustable crest gate on top of the existing dam crest; a 150-foot-long, 75-foot-high, 90-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the west bank of the river; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 12 MW; a 250-foot-long, 84-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 9,965-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line.
  • The Maxwell Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 61.2 on the Monongahela River and consist of these new facilities: a 130-foot-long, 85-foot-wide intake channel located immediately downstream of the Corps’ 5th spillway gate on the east side of the river; a pair of spill gates totaling 84 feet wide located within the proposed intake channel; a 100-foot-long, 70-foot-high, 85-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 150-foot-long, 70-foot-high, 90-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 13 MW; a 160-foot-long, 120-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 350-foot-long, 69/138-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line.
  • The Monongahela Lock and Dam Number Four (Charleroi) Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 41.5 on the Monongahela River and consist of these new facilities: a 140-foot-long, 90-foot-wide intake channel located immediately downstream of the Corps’ 5th spillway gate on the west side of the river; a pair of spill gates totaling 84 feet wide located within the proposed intake channel; a 100-foot-long, 65-foot-high, 90-foot-wide intake structure with 3-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 150-foot-long, 70-foot-high, 90-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 12 MW; a 210-foot-long, 130-foot-wide tailrace; a 40-foot-long by 40-foot-wide substation; and a 45-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line.
  • The Allegheny Lock and Dam Number Two Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 6.7 on the Allegheny River and consist of these new facilities: a 170-foot-wide, 120-foot-long, 70-foot-high intake structure with two 5-inch bar spacing trash racks; two 45-foot-wide, 40-foot-high spillway bays; an 1,100-foot-long, 2.5-foot-high adjustable crest gate on top of the existing dam crest; a 170-foot-wide by 180-foot-long powerhouse along the east side of the river; three Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 17 MW; a 50-foot-wide by 60-foot-long substation; and a 1,265-foot-long, single overhead, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line owned by Duquesne Light.
  • The Emsworth Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 6.2 on the Ohio River and would consist of these new facilities: a 205-foot-long, 180-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 30-foot-long, 63.5-foot-high, 180-foot-wide intake structure with 5-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 180-foot-long, 77-foot-high, 180-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the south bank of the river; four turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 24 MW; a 380-foot-long, 280-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long by 60-foot-wide substation; and a 1,893-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing substation.
  • The Emsworth Back Channel Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 6.8 on the Ohio River and consist of these new facilities: a 100-foot-long, 165-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 32-foot-long, 63.5-foot-high, 90-foot-wide intake structure with 5-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 150-foot-long, 77-foot-high, 90-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the north bank of the river; two turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 12 MW; a 190-foot-long, 105-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long by 60-foot-wide substation; and a 3,758-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing substation.
  • The Montgomery Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 31.7 on the Ohio River and consist of these new facilities: a 340-foot-long, 205-foot-wide intake channel directing flow to a 150-foot-long, 90-foot-high, 205-foot-wide intake structure with 5-inch bar spacing trash racks; a 315-foot-long, 105-foot-high, 205-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse on the north bank of the river; three turbine-generator units with a combined capacity of 42 MW; a 280-foot-long, 210-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long by 60-foot-wide substation; and a 392-foot-long, 69-kV, overhead transmission line to connect the project substation to an existing distribution line. 

The applicants propose to operate each of the ten projects in a “run-of-river” mode using flows made available by the Corps. The projects would not change existing flow releases or water surface elevations upstream or downstream of the proposed projects.

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