FERC takes input on competing apps for Coffeeville hydroelectric project in Alabama

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Feb. 1 that it will take comment for 60 days on competing applications for a preliminary permit on a hydroelectric project in Alabama.

On Nov. 27, 2015, Energy Resources USA Inc. filed an application for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Coffeeville Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coffeeville Lock and Dam on the Tombigbee River in Clark County, Alabama. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

Energy Resources’ permit application was filed in competition with Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund II, which proposed the Coffeeville Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project, which was publicly noticed on Nov. 24, 2015. The deadline for filing competing applications was Jan. 25, 2016. Energy Resources’ competing permit application was timely filed.

The proposed Energy Resources project would a powerhouse containing three units with a total capacity of 33 MW. The project would have an estimated average annual generation of 186,000 megawatt-hours and operate as directed by the Corps.

The Lock+ project would include a 150-foot-long, 25-foot-wide lock frame module containing twelve generating units with a total capacity of 27 MW. This project would have an estimated average annual generation of 153,738 megawatt-hours and also operate as directed by the Corps.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.