FERC okays two extra years of study for Waterford Hydroelectric project in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 10 granted a September 2015 request from Albany Engineering Corp. for a successive preliminary permit allowing it two extra years of exclusivity to study the feasibility of the proposed Waterford Hydroelectric Project.

This facility is to be located at the New York State Canal Corp.’s Lock C1 Dam located on the Hudson River in Saratoga and Rensselaer counties, New York. The project would consist of:

  • an existing 672-foot-long and 15-foot-high concrete gravity dam with a 356-foot-long Taintor-gated structure forming the eastern portion of the dam;
  • an existing impoundment having a surface area of 400 acres and a storage capacity of 5,000 acre-feet at the spillway crest elevation of 28.3 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum;
  • either a new powerhouse at the east end of the dam with two identical turbine generator units with a total installed capacity of 10.2 MW (Scenario 1), or two new identical modular floating barge-type structures at the west end of the Taintor gates housing 18 turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 4 MW (Scenario 2); and
  • a proposed 10,000-foot-long, 34.5-kV transmission line.

The project would have an annual generation of 39,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) (Scenario 1) or 12,000 MWh (Scenario 2).

During the course of this successive preliminary 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).

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