The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 1 granted a preliminary permit, good for three years, based on a March 4 application from Energy Resources USA Inc.
The permit allows the company exclusive time to study the feasibility of the proposed Mississinewa Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Mississinewa Lake Dam on the Mississinewa River, near the City of Peru in Miami County, Indiana. The Mississinewa Lake Dam is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The proposed project would consist of: a new concrete conduit; a new reinforced concrete powerhouse containing two 4-MW vertical Kaplan turbine-generators having a total combined generating capacity of 8 MW; a new tailrace; a new substation with a 10-mega-volt-ampere 4.16/69-kilovolt three-phase step-up transformer; and a new 2-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated annual generation of 22.0 gigawatt-hours.
Section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) authorizes the commission to issue preliminary permits for the purpose of enabling prospective applicants for a hydropower license to secure the data and perform the acts required by section 9 of the FPA, which in turn sets forth the material that must accompany an application for license. The purpose of a preliminary permit is to preserve the right of the permit holder to have the first priority in applying for a license for the project that is being studied. During the 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.