FERC takes comment on competing apps for Alabama hydro project site

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Dec. 17 notice that it has gotten two competing applications for preliminary permits on differing versions of a hydro project at the same site in Alabama.

On Nov. 28, Energy Resources USA Inc. filed an application for a preliminary permit, proposing to study the feasibility of the Selden Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Selden Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Green 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.

Energy Resources’ permit application was filed in competition with Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund III and its proposed Selden Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project, which was publicly noticed Nov. 24. The deadline for filing competing applications is Jan. 25, 2016, meaning the Energy Resources competing permit application was timely filed.

The proposed Energy Resources project would consist of: a 200-foot-long, 140-foot-wide intake channel; a 133-foot-long, 83-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 12.5 MW; a 4,000-foot-long, 1,600-foot-wide tailrace; a 4.16/69 kV substation; a 330-foot-long addition to the existing access road; and a 3-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 68,900 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 and motions to intervene is 60 days from the issuance of this Dec. 17 notice.

FERC on Nov. 24 had put out for comment an application from Lock Hydro Friends Fund III for a preliminary permit. Its project would consist of: a 150-foot-long, 25-foot-wide lock frame module containing ten generating units with a total capacity of 15 MW; a 150-foot-long; 65-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long, 25-foot-wide switchyard; and a 2.3-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. This project would have an estimated average annual generation of 78,840 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact in this case is: Wayne F. Krouse, Hydro Green Energy LLC, P.O. Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, Phone: (877) 556-6566, wayne@hgenergy.com.

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