FFP New Hydro gets FERC licenses for four hydroelectric projects in Ohio

FFP New Hydro LLC announced Jan. 21 the receipt of hydropower licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for four projects located on the Muskingum River in Ohio.

The four projects are expected to have a combined generating capacity of 15 MW from generating equipment added to existing Lock and Dam facilities owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. FFP New Hydro said it also has final license applications pending for two more projects on the Muskingum River.

“The development of the Muskingum River hydropower projects will represent an investment of more than $100 million in the state of Ohio. Each project will create 100 to 150 jobs during construction as well as continued staffing and service employment during operations,” said Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of FFP New Hydro.

The hydropower projects, at Philo, Rokeby, Malta and Beverly, have gone through an extensive study process at the FERC. The licenses represent the culmination of over four years of significant investment and effort.

“We are grateful for the assistance of Senator Rob Portman and Representatives Pat Tiberi, Bill Johnson, and Steve Stivers and for their support of our license applications,” added Swaminathan. “Ohioans are fortunate to have representatives who understand the challenges of developing new sources of low-cost electricity in Ohio are willing to fight for good jobs and significant investment in the State.”

The projects are expected to start construction by 2017 and commence operations by 2018.

FFP New Hydro LLC has a portfolio of 23 hydropower development projects with ten FERC licenses on existing dams in several states. These are low impact run-of river hydropower development projects.

More details on the four newly-licensed projects in Ohio are:

  • FERC on Dec. 30 approved a 2012 application from Clean River Power MR-3 LLC for an original license to construct, operate, and maintain the 3-MW Beverly Lock and Dam Water Power Project, to be located at the Ohio DNR’s Beverly Dam on the Muskingum River in Washington and Morgan counties. The project will include a powerhouse that will contain two 1.5-MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.
  • FERC on Dec. 30 approved a 2012 application from Clean River Power MR-5 LLC for an original license on the Malta/McConnelsville Lock and Dam Water Power Project. The project will be located at the Ohio DNR’s Malta Dam on the Muskingum River in Morgan County, Ohio. The powerhouse will contain two 2-MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.
  • FERC on Dec. 30 approved a 2012 application from Clean River Power MR-6 LLC for an original license on the Rokeby Lock and Dam Water Power Project, located at the Ohio DNR’s Rokeby Dam on the Muskingum River near Bloom Township in Muskingum and Morgan counties. The powerhouse will contain two 2-MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.
  • FERC on Dec. 30 approved a 2012 application from Clean River Power MR-7 LLC for an original license on the Philo Lock and Dam Water Power Project at the Ohio DNR’s Philo Dam on the Muskingum River, near the Village of Philo in Muskingum County. The powerhouse will contain two 1.5-MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.

Two other FFP projects going through the licensing process are:

  • The proposed Devola Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Devola Lock and Dam on the Muskingum River at RM 5.8. The project would include two turbine-generator units providing a combined installed capacity of 4 MW. The average annual generation would be about 20,760 MWh.
  • The proposed Lowell Lock and Dam Project would be located at the existing Lowell dam on the Muskingum River. The project would include two turbine-generator units providing a combined installed capacity of 5 MW. The average annual generation would be about 30,996 MWh.

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