The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 3 granted a December 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed William H. Harsha Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project.
The project would be located at the existing William H. Harsha Lake Dam on the East Fork of Little Miami River, near the City of Batavia in Clermont County, Ohio. The William H. Harsha Lake Dam is owned by the United States government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The proposed project would consist of: a new 16-foot by 7.5-foot by 9-foot concrete conduit fitted with a 7-foot by 8-foot discharge gate; a new 210-foot-long, 6-foot-diameter steel penstock fitted with a butterfly valve; a new 65-foot by 45-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 1.4-MW horizontal Francis turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 2.8 MW; a new 90-foot-long by 60-foot-wide tailrace; a new 45-foot-long by 30-foot-wide substation; and a new 1-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 8.24 gigawatt-hours.
During the three-year 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.