FERC terminates permit for Chain Dam hydroelectric project in Pa.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 16 terminated a preliminary permit issued in October 2015 to Siting Renewables LLC allowing the company to study the feasibility of the proposed Chain Dam Hydroelectric Project in Pennsylvania.

Article 4 of the preliminary permit requires that the permittee submit a progress report at the close of each six-month period from the effective date of the permit. The permittee was notified on April 7, 2016, that its first progress report due on March 31, 2016, was overdue, and therefore, that the permit would likely be cancelled in no less than 30 days. The permittee did not file a response; therefore, the preliminary permit is cancelled, said FERC in the May 16 order.

The preliminary permit is cancelled effective the close of business on June 15, 2016. But, if the commission is closed on this day, then the permit is cancelled effective the close of business on the next day in which the commission is open. No applications for this site may be submitted until after the cancellation is effective.

This project is to be located on the Lehigh River near the City of Easton in Northampton County, Pa. The estimated annual generation of the proposed project would be 7,880,000 kilowatt-hours.

The project would consist of: an existing 20-foot-high concrete gravity dam with a spillway; an existing impoundment having a surface area of about 300 acres and a storage capacity of 1,200 acre-feet at an elevation of 190 feet mean sea level (msl); three new intake channels, each with a very low head (VLH) 500-kW turbine-generator unit, with a maximum generating capacity of 1,500 kW, with a maximum hydraulic capacity of 2,300 cubic feet per second under a net head of 13.5 feet; three new, heavy flotsam trash racks; a new crest-mounted walkway carrying hydraulic and electrical conduits from the VLH turbines to a new powerhouse; and a new 280-foot-long, 12.42/7.2 kV primary transmission line.

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