FERC seeks input on Energy Resources permit apps for Ohio hydroelectric projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 18 went out for comment on a Dec. 22, 2015, application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the William H. Harsha Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing William H. Harsha Lake Dam on the East Fork of the Little Miami River.

This location is near the City of Batavia in Clermont County, Ohio. The William H. Harsha Lake Dam is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The proposed project would consist of: a new 16-foot by 7.5-foot by 9-foot concrete conduit fitted with a 7-foot by 8-foot discharge gate; a new 210-foot-long, 6-foot-diameter steel penstock fitted with a butterfly valve; a new 65-foot by 45-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 1.4-MW horizontal Francis turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 2.8 MW; a new 90-foot-long by 60-foot-wide tailrace; a new 45-foot-long by 30-foot-wide substation; and a new 1-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 8.24 gigawatt-hours.

An applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, 350 Lincoln Road, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33139; telephone (954) 248-8425.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this Feb. 18 notice.

FERC on Feb. 18 issued a similar notice, also with a 60-day comment deadline, on a Dec. 22, 2015, application from Energy Resources USA on a preliminary permit for the proposed Caesar Creek Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project. This second project would be located at the existing Caesar Creek Dam on the Caesar Creek River, near the City of Waynesville in Warren County, Ohio. The Caesar Creek Lake Dam is owned by the United States government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This proposed project would consist of: a new 12-foot by 7.5-foot by 9-foot concrete conduit fitted with a 7-foot by 8-foot discharge gate; a new 90-foot-long, 6-foot-diameter steel penstock fitted with a butterfly valve; a new 65-foot by 45-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 1.4-MW horizontal Francis turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 2.8 MW; a new 200-foot-long by 60-foot-wide tailrace; a new 45-foot-long by 30-foot-wide substation; and a new 2-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 8.24 gigawatt-hours.

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