FFP New Hydro wins four licenses from FERC for Mississippi hydro projects

FFP New Hydro LLC announced Jan. 20 the receipt of hydropower licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for four projects located in the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi, at existing flood control facilities owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The four projects are expected to have a generating capacity of 33 MW. The projects, at the Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada dams, have gone through an extensive study process at the FERC, and the licenses represent the culmination of over four years of significant investment and effort. The projects are expected to start construction in 2017 and commence operations in 2018.

“The development of the Yazoo River basin hydropower projects will represent an investment of more than $80 million in the state of Mississippi, creating hundreds of jobs during construction, operations and maintenance,” said Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of FFP New Hydro.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant stated: “Mississippi continues to be a leader in providing affordable and reliable energy. With FERC’s approval of licenses for the hydropower projects at Arkabutla, Enid, Sardis and Grenada dams, this represents a significant new investment in our state as well as additional clean power sources that will help meet the power demands of our economy in the immediate future.”  

FFP New Hydro has a portfolio of 23 hydropower development projects on existing dams in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana and Louisiana totaling over 260 MW. These projects are low impact run-of river hydropower development projects.

More details on these four Mississippi projects are:

  • FERC on Dec. 28 approved an application from FFP Missouri 2 LLC for a license to construct and operate the Arkabutla Lake Hydroelectric Project, with an authorized capacity of 5.1 MW. The project will be located at the Corps’ Arkabutla Dam on the Coldwater River near the town of Arkabutla in Tate and Yalobusha counties, Mississippi. Arkabutla Dam is one of four dams that make up the Corps’ Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. The powerhouse will contain two identical vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 5.1 MW. Power will be transmitted via a 1,574-foot-long, buried transmission line from the powerhouse to a new substation. From the new substation, a 2,712-foot-long, 12.5-kV, overhead transmission line will transmit power along Arkabutla Dam Road to an interconnection point at an existing distribution line owned by a local utility.
  • FFP Missouri 2 LLC on Dec. 28 also won FERC approval for a license on the Enid Lake Hydroelectric Project, with an authorized capacity of 4.6 MW. The project will be located at the Corps’ Enid Dam on the Yocona River near the town of Enid in Yalobusha County, Mississippi. The project will be located at river mile 14.5. Enid Dam is one of four dams that make up the Corps’ Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. The powerhouse will contain two identical vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 4.6 MW. Power will be transmitted via a 181-foot-long, buried transmission line from the powerhouse to a new substation. From the new substation, a 2,036-foot-long, 12.5-kV overhead transmission line will transmit power along Enid Dam Road to an interconnection point at an existing distribution line owned by a local utility.
  • On Dec. 28, FERC granted an application from FFP Missouri 2 LLC for a license to construct and operate the Sardis Lake Hydroelectric Project. The project’s authorized capacity is 14.6 MW. The project will be located at the Corps’ Sardis Dam on the Little Tallahatchie River, near the town of Sardis in Panola County, Mississippi. The project will be located at river mile 69. Sardis Dam is one of four dams that make up the Corps’ Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. The powerhouse will contain two identical vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 14.6 MW. A tailrace will convey flows from the powerhouse to the existing outlet channel. Power will be transmitted via an 887-foot-long, buried transmission line from the powerhouse to a new substation. From the new substation, a 6,210-foot-long, 161-kV overhead transmission line will transmit power along Blackjack Road to an interconnection point at an existing distribution line owned by a local utility.
  • FERC on Dec. 28 approved an application from FFP Missouri 2 LLC for a license to construct and operate the Grenada Lake Hydroelectric Project. The project’s authorized capacity would be 9 MW. The project will be located at the Corps’ Grenada Dam on the Yalobusha River near the town of Grenada in Grenada County, Mississippi. The project will be located at river mile 47.3. Grenada Dam is one of four dams that make up the Corps’ Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. The powerhouse will contain two identical vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 9 MW. Power will be transmitted via a 670-foot-long, buried transmission line from the powerhouse to a new substation. From the new substation, a 1,980-foot-long, 12.5-kV, overhead transmission line will transmit power along Corps lands and along Mississippi 333 Scenic Loop to an interconnection point at an existing distribution line owned by a local utility.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.