FERC seeks comment on permit app for 1.1-MW hydro project in Kansas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 30 put out for comment a Sept. 30 application from Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas, for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the proposed WaterOne Kansas River Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing WaterOne Kansas River Weir on the Kansas River in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

The WaterOne Kansas River Weir is owned by the Water District No. 1 of Johnson County. A preliminary permit covers three years of exclusive time to study project feasibility, with a license application then needed to take the project further.

The proposed project would consist of: an existing 1,284-foot-long weir structure comprised of eighteen 54-foot-diameter substrate filled, concrete capped cells; a new 42-foot-long, 72-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 550-kW vertical Kaplan hydropower turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 1.1 MW; a new 20-foot-long by 20-foot-wide switchyard containing a 480 volt(V) to 2,400V step-up transformer; and a new 400- to 500-foot-long, 2,400V underground transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 7,700,000 kilowatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Michael J. Armstrong, 10747 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219, telephone (913) 895-5500.

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. 31 notice.

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