The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 3 issued for 30 days of public comment a combined environmental assessment on license applications for three hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River.
In March 2014, applications were filed with FERC for the construction and operation of the following three hydropower projects to be located at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams on the Ohio River:
- FFP Missouri 5 LLC’s proposed 24-MW Emsworth Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at river mile (RM) 6.2 on the Ohio River in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The project would occupy 9.7 acres of federal land owned by the Corps.
- FFP Missouri 6 LLC’s proposed 12-MW Emsworth Back Channel Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 6.8 on the Ohio River in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The project would occupy 2.3 acres of federal land owned by the Corps.
- Solia 6 Hydroelectric LLC’s proposed 42-MW Montgomery Locks and Dam Hydroelectric Project would be located at RM 31.7 on the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The project would occupy 5.1 acres of federal land owned by the Corps.
The Monongahela River and Allegheny River join to form the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Corps owns 38 locks and dams on these rivers—nine locks and dams on the Monongahela River, eight on the Allegheny River, and 21 on the Ohio River. The Corps operates these locks and dams for commercial and recreational navigation.
The proposed projects would be located at three existing locks and dams on the Ohio River—Emsworth Locks and Dam, Emsworth Back Channel Dam and Montgomery Locks and Dam. The applicants are subsidiaries of FFP New Hydro LLC. Rye Development LLC is acting as agent for the projects.
The Emsworth, Emsworth Back Channel, and Montgomery Projects would produce an annual average of 101,300 megawatt-hours (MWh), 53,500 MWh, and 194,370 MWh of electricity, respectively.