FERC okays licenses for two small hydroelectric projects in Ohio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 30 issued original licenses to related companies for hydroelectric projects in Ohio. 

In October 2012, Clean River Power MR-1 LLC filed an application for an original license to construct, operate, and maintain the Devola Lock and Dam Water Power Project. The project will be located at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (Ohio DNR) Devola Dam on the Muskingum River in Muskingum Township, Washington County, Ohio. The project will not occupy federal land.

The project’s authorized capacity being licensed is 4 MW. The Devola Project will be located on the Muskingum River at river mile 5.8.    

Devola Lock and Dam, also known as the Muskingum River Lock and Dam No. 2, is a 587‑foot-long, 17-foot-high timber crib and concrete structure with a full-length, uncontrolled spillway at a crest elevation of 592.87 feet North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). A 160-foot-long, 35-foot-wide lock with hand-operated miter gates at both ends is located on the north river bank. 

Flows for generation will pass through an intake to a new 160-foot-long by 80‑foot-wide by 66-foot-high concrete powerhouse that will be located immediately downstream of the dam on the south river bank. The powerhouse will contain two 2.0‑MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.

The project’s transmission facilities will include a new substation located adjacent to the northwest end of the dam, a 1,000-foot-long, 4.16-kV submerged transmission cable to connect the powerhouse to the substation, and a 3,600-foot-long, 69-kV overhead transmission line to connect the substation to a local utility distribution line. The project will operate in a run-of-river mode, such that outflow from the project approximates inflow. 

In October 2012, Clean River Power MR-2 LLC applied for an original license to construct, operate, and maintain the Lowell Lock and Dam Water Power Project. The project will be located at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Lowell Dam on the Muskingum River in the Village of Lowell, Washington County, Ohio. The project will not occupy federal land. 

The project’s authorized capacity being licensed is 5.0 MW. The Lowell Project will be located on the Muskingum River at river mile 14.2.    

The Lowell Lock and Dam, also known as the Muskingum River Lock and Dam No. 3, is a 840‑foot-long, 18-foot-high timber crib and concrete structure with a full-length, uncontrolled spillway at a crest elevation of 607.06 feet North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88).  

Flows for generation will pass through an intake to a new 160-foot-long by 75‑foot-wide by 66-foot-high concrete powerhouse that will be located immediately downstream of the dam on the north river bank.  The powerhouse will contain two 2.5‑MW horizontal Kaplan turbine/generator units.

The project’s transmission facilities will include a new substation located adjacent to the north end of the dam, a 135-foot-long, 4.16-kV transmission cable to connect the powerhouse to the substation, and a 1,200-foot-long, 69-kV overhead transmission line to connect the substation to a local utility distribution line. The project will operate in a run-of-river mode, such that outflow from the project approximates inflow.

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