FERC issues permit for small Empire State Hydro 302 project in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 13 approved an August 2015 application from Empire State Hydro 302 LLC for a preliminary permit, good for three years, that allows the company exclusive time to study the feasibility of the Braendly Dam Hydroelectric Project.

This project is to be located on the Fishkill River in Dutchess County, New York. The proposed Braendly Dam Project would redevelop an abandoned project and consist of: an existing 130-foot-long, 18-foot-high cut stone with a concrete cap dam creating a reservoir with a surface area of approximately 3 acres and a storage capacity of 15 acre-feet at a normal water surface elevation of 119.5 feet mean sea level; a new 6- foot-diameter, 300-foot-long steel penstock; a new 50-foot-long by 35-foot-wide powerhouse containing two Kaplan turbine units with a rated capacity of 450 kW each; and a new 12.7-kV, 500-foot-long transmission line.

The project would have an annual generation of 3,200 megawatt-hours.

During the course of the permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.

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