FERC grants another permit for 4.95-MW Cave Run hydro project in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 11 granted an August 2015 application from Cave Run Energy LLC for a successive preliminary permit allowing two more years of exclusive time to study the feasibility of the Cave Run Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cave Run Dam on the Licking River in Rowan and Bath counties, Kentucky.

The proposed project would consist of: a bifurcation structure constructed at the end of the dam’s outlet conduit; a powerhouse containing three turbine/generating units with a total capacity of 4.95 MW; a 70-foot-long, 150-inch-diameter steel penstock; and a 1,200-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line.

The project would have an average annual generation of 20,000 megawatt-hours, and operate utilizing surplus water from the Cave Run Dam, as directed by the Corps.

The applicant previously held a preliminary permit for this site. The commission grants successive permits if it concludes that the applicant has diligently pursued the requirements of its prior permits. Cave Run has provided information to commission staff demonstrating that it is currently making progress with the analysis of the project’s feasibility, and towards the development of its proposed project. This information includes the filing of a notice of intent and a pre-application document.

An applicant contact is: Mark Boumansour, Cave Run Energy LLC, 1401 Walnut St., Suite 220, Boulder, CO 80302, (303) 440-3378.

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