FERC seeks input on 7-MW Kentucky hydro project of Energy Resources

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 29 went out for comment on a December 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Nolin Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project.

It would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nolin Lake Dam on the Nolin River in Edmonson County, Kentucky.  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.

The proposed project would consist of: a control structure with three 9.5-foot-wide, 25-foot-long spill gates; one 10-foot-diameter, 65-foot-long penstock with a butterfly valve; a bifurcation structure; two 6.5-foot-diameter, 32-foot-long penstocks; a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 7 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace; a substation; and a 3-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 26,900 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida  33134; Phone (954) 248-8425, agonzalez@energyresources.es.

The deadline for filing comments and motions to intervene is 60 days from the issuance of this notice. 

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