FERC seeks comment on permit app for Swanton Hydro project in Vermont

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 17 put out for comment an April 1 application from Swanton Hydro LLC for a preliminary permit under which it would study the feasibility of the Lower Swanton Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located on the Missisquoi River in the Village of Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont.

The sole purpose of a three-year preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The project would consist of: an existing 335-foot-long, 12-foot-high concrete gravity dam (Swanton dam) with a 331-foot-long spillway with 2-foot-high wooden flashboards; an existing 170-acre impoundment with a normal water surface elevation of 112 feet above mean sea level; a new 35-foot-long, 55-foot-wide intake structure with trashracks; a new 100-foot-long, 55-foot-wide, 25-foot-high powerhouse containing two turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 850 kW; a new 45-foot-long, 45-foot-wide, 18-foot-deep tailrace and 50-foot-long training wall; and a new 210-foot-long, 12.47-kV transmission line and transformer.

The project would produce an estimated average annual generation of 3,580 megawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: William F. Scully, P.O. Box 338, North Bennington, Vermont 05257, phone (802) 379-2469.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this May 17 notice.

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