FERC issues permit for 9-MW Hepburn Street hydro project in Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 10 granted a September 2015 application from Lock+TM Hydro Friends Fund XII for a three-year preliminary permit allowing the company to study the feasibility of the proposed Hepburn Street Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project would be located at the Hepburn Street Dam owned by the state of Pennsylvania located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, near Williamsport in Lycoming County. It would consist of:

  • the existing 1,015-foot-long and approximately 14.5-foot-high dam discharging into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River;
  • one 150-foot-wide, 25-foot-deep Large Frame Module (LFM) containing ten 900-kW hydropower turbines for a total installed capacity of 9,000 kW (9 MW);
  • a 150-foot-wide, 150-foot-long tailrace;
  • a 25-foot by 50-foot switchyard containing a new transformer and control room; and
  • a 1,000-foot-long, 69-kV transmission line connecting the site to the local grid using an existing substation.

The LFM would be installed either adjacent to the dam in the existing levee north of the dam or on the upper poolside of the dam. The estimated annual generation of the project would be 51,000 megawatt-hours.

During the course of the permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application. The prefiling process begins with preparation of a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Pre-Application Document (PAD). During the permit term, no other party can seek a permit for this site.

The applicant contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, Chairman, Hydro Green Energy LLC, Managing Partner, Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XII, PO Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243; phone: 877-556-6566, extension 709.

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