FERC okays Lock+ permit for 15-MW hydro project in Alabama

Saying this was the first filed of two competing applications, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 3 approved an April 2015 application from Lock+™ Hydro Friends Fund III for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the proposed Selden Lock and Dam Hydropower Project.

This project would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Selden Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River in Green and Hale counties, Alabama. In November 2015, Energy Resources USA Inc. filed an application for a competing preliminary permit at the same site.

  • Hydro Friends’ project would consist of: a 150-foot-long, 25-foot-wide lock frame module containing ten generating units with a total capacity of 15 MW; a 150-foot-long; 65-foot-wide tailrace; a 50-foot-long, 25- foot-wide switchyard; and a 2.3-mile-long, 34.5-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 78,840 megawatthours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
  • Energy Resources’ project would have consisted of: a 200-foot-long, 140-foot-wide intake channel; a 133-foot-long, 83-foot-wide powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 12.5 MW; a 4,000-foot-long, 1,600-foot-wide tailrace; a substation; a 330-foot-long addition to the existing access road; and a 3-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have had an estimated average annual generation of 68,900 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

Said the June 3 FERC order: “Because Hydro Friends has the first-filed application, the preliminary permit is issued to Hydro Friends for the Selden Lock and Dam Hydropower Project No. 14672.” The permit covers up to three years of project feasibility work, with a license application then needed to take the project further.

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