Energy Resources seeks permit on 11-MW hydro project in Kentucky

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied May 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit, good for three years of project feasibility work, for the proposed Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 8 Hydroelectric Project.

The project would use the existing Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 8 structure, located on the Kentucky River, approximately four-miles northeast of Bryantsville in Garrard County, Kentucky. The project facilities are owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

A new reinforced concreted powerhouse, 82 feet by 131 feet in plan, will be constructed downstream of the existing overflow bank adjacent to the left riverbank. The powerhouse will contain the turbine-generators, switchgear, controls, and ancillary systems, as well as shop and storage space. Two vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 5.5 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 11 MW.

A 13 MVA 4.16/69 kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new, 50-foot wide by 60-foot long substation. The substation will also contain high side and low side disconnects and will be surrounded by a containment dike and a security fence.

The applicant has identified existing transmission infrastructure in the proposed project area. These existing transmission elements will be evaluated during the permit period through field investigations and discussions with the local utility. It is anticipated that the project will utilize a single overhead three phase, 69-kV line which is approximately three miles in length, extending southwest from the substation and following the existing access road to Sugar Creek Pike where it continues to the potential interconnection point. The potential interconnection point is an existing T-line 69 kV.

A project contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (954) 248-8425,

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