Energy Resources seeks permit on 9-MW hydro project in Kentucky

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied May 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a three-year preliminary permit for the proposed Kentucky River Lock and Dam No 10 Hydroelectric Project.

The project will use the existing Kentucky River Lock and Dam No 10 structure, located on the Kentucky River, approximately one-mile northwest of Ford in Clark County, Kentucky. The project facilities are owned and operated by the Kentucky River Authority.

A new reinforced concreted powerhouse, 98 feet by 115 feet in plan, will be constructed downstream of the existing overflow bank adjacent to the left riverbank. Two vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 4.5 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 9 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 0.15-miles in length, extending east from the substation and 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,

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.