The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 25 granted a November 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Green River Lock and Dam No. 3 project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Green River Lock and Dam No. 3 on the Green River in Muhlenberg 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, 82-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units, with a total capacity of 10 MW; a 1,000-foot-long, 220-foot-wide tailrace, with a 40-foot-long retaining wall; a substation; and a 1-mile-long, 69 kV transmission line.
The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 54,900 megawatt-hours, and operate utilizing surplus water from the Green River Lock and Dam No. 3, as directed by the Corps.
The permit runs for up to three years, within which time the company is expected to work up a license application for FERC.