The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 12 put out for 30 days of public comment a draft environmental assessment related to an application for original license for the Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11 Hydroelectric Project.
The proposed project would be located on the Kentucky River in Estill and Madison counties, Kentucky, at the existing Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 11, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and operated by the Kentucky River Authority.
Staff prepared an environmental assessment (EA), which analyzes the potential environmental effects of licensing the project, and concludes that licensing the project, with appropriate environmental protection measures, would not constitute a major federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment.
In April 2015, FFP Project 92 LLC filed an application for a license to construct, operate, and maintain this 5-MW project. The project would use the existing 208-foot-long, 35-foot-high fixed crest dam, navigation lock, 579-acre reservoir, and the following new facilities: a 275-foot-long, 75-foot-wide reinforced concrete intake channel equipped with trash racks; a 260-foot-long, 47-foot-high intake channel guide wall; a 140-foot-long, 64.5-foot-wide powerhouse that includes an intake and headgate structure built within the existing lock structure and extending beyond the south lock wall into an existing concrete esplanade; two 2.5-MW horizontal Pit Kaplan turbine-generator units; a tailrace; a 69-kV substation; a 212-foot-long, 4.16-kV underground transmission cable from the generators to the substation; and a 4.5-mile-long, 69-kV overhead transmission line extending from the new substation to an existing substation located near Waco, Kentucky.
The project would operate in a run-of-river mode, utilizing flows between 200 and 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) for power generation and would have an average annual generation of 18,500 megawatt-hours (MWh), which would be sold to a local utility.