American Municipal Power bringing Willow Island, Cannelton hydro projects into service

In a Jan. 15 application filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, American Municipal Power said that the 22-MW Unit 1 of its Willow Island hydroelectric project went into service on Jan. 4, and that the 22-MW Unit 2 is due to be in-service on Feb. 4.

The application for a registration as a renewable energy generator. The project is located on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia, with an official location in Pleasants County, W.Va.

The application said: “The Willow Island Project will divert water from the existing Corps Willow Island Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average annual output of approximately 239,000,000 kWh. The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house two horizontal 22-MW bulb type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 44 MW at a gross head of 20 feet. A 1.6-mile-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection was completed on May 28, 2015 and connects to PJM via FirstEnergy.”

AMP on Jan. 15 also filed with the PUCO a similar application for its Cannelton hydro project, located on the Ohio River at Hawesville, Ky. The expected unit in-service dates here are: Unit 1, Jan. 31; Unit 2, March 1; and Unit 3, March 1.

Said the application: “The Cannelton Project will divert water from the existing Corps Cannelton Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 458,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace or downstream channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 29.3-MW bulb type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 88 MW at a gross head of 25 feet. A 1,000-ft-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection was completed December 18, 2014 and interconnects to MISO via Vectren Energy.”

A company contact under both applications is: American Municipal Power, Jolene M. Thompson, Senior Vice President, Member Services and External Affairs, 1111 Schrock Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43229, Phone: 614-540-1111, jthompson@amppartners.org.

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