FERC seeks input on permit app for 7-MW Coralville hydro project in Iowa

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 30 put out for comment a Nov. 27 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the proposed Coralville Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Coralville Dam on the Iowa River near the City of Coralville in Johnson County, Iowa.

The Coralville Dam is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A preliminary permit runs for three years and bars any competing party from pursuing its own project at the same site. A license application is the next step if the feasibility work brings a positive result.

The proposed project would consist of: a new 90-foot by 13-foot by 18-foot concrete conduit; a new 70-foot by 50-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 3.5-MW Kaplan hydropower turbine-generators (total capacity of 7 MW); one new 100-foot-long by 65-foot-wide tailrace; a new 50-foot-long by 45-foot-wide substation; and a new 2-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 34 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, telephone (954) 248-8425.

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. 30 notice.

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