The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 19 went out for comment on a November 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit that would allow it exclusive time to study the feasibility of a hydropower project at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Green River Lock and Dam No. 3, located on the Green River in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
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. A license application would be needed to take the project further.
The project would consist of: a 770-foot-long, 300-foot-wide intake channel with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 98-foot-long, 82-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 10 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 1-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 54,900 megawatt-hours, and use surplus water from the Green River Lock and Dam No. 3, as directed by the Corps.
The applicant contact is: Mr. Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (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 Jan. 19 notice.