Extra two years sought on construction start for Illinois hydroelectric project

Northwest Power Services on Feb. 15 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for two extra years to begin construction on a hydroelectric project in Illinois.

FERC issued a license to Shelbyville Hydro LLC in April 2014 for the construction of the 6.8-MW Lake Shelbyville Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Shelbyville Dam on the Kaskaskia River in Shelby County, Illinois. The license is for 50 years. But Article 303 of the license requires that the licensee commence construction of the project works within two years from the issuance date of the license and complete construction of the project within five years from the issuance date of the license. Section 13 of the Federal Power Act requires the licensee to commence construction within two years from the issuance date of the license, which deadline may be extended once but no longer than for two additional years.

Said the Feb. 15 delay request: “After issuance of the FERC license the licensee has expended significant resources in researching and reviewing alternatives for interconnection, transmission and energy sales of the output from the Shelbyville project. As part of the licensee’s efforts the licensee has and still is continuing its efforts for design, major equipment selection, environmental condition compliance and financial modeling, all in preparation for advancing the project to construction as required by Article 303 of the license. Therefore, on behalf of the Licensee, Shelbyville Hydro, LLC, we respectfully request a two year extension of time to commence construction of the project as required by Article 303 of the license.”

The Northwest Power Services letter is from: Brent L. Smith, President, P.O. Box 872316, Wasilla, AK 99687, 208-521-2473, bsmith@nwpwrservices.com.

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