FERC seeks comment on permit app for 15.5-MW hydro project in Alabama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Dec. 16 notice about a Nov. 26 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tom Bevill Lock and Dam on the Tombigbee River near the town of Aliceville in Pickens County, Alabama.

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

The proposed project would consist of: a 770-foot-long, 300-foot-wide intake channel with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 131-foot-long, 82-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 15.5 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 3-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 84,440 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, Phone: (954) 248-8425, agonzalez@energyresources.es.

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. 16 notice.

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