FERC grants permit for 7-MW Green River hydro project in Kentucky

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 25 granted a November 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a three-year preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Green River Lock and Dam No. 5 project.

The project is to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Green River Lock and Dam No. 5 on the Green River in Warren County, Kentucky.

The proposed project would consist of: a 770-foot-long, 300-foot-wide intake channel, with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 98-foot-long, 66-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units, with a total capacity of 7 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace, with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a substation; and a 11.5-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 39,800 megawatt-hours, and operate utilizing surplus water from the Green River Lock and Dam No. 5, as directed by the Corps.

During the course of the permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.

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