FERC rejects Energy Resources permit app for hydroelectric project on Ohio River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a June 17 letter to Energy Resources USA Inc. rejecting a recent preliminary permit application for the 17-MW Robert C. Byrd Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project.

FERC said this application conflicts with an accepted development application by the City of Wadsworth, Ohio, for the Robert C. Byrd Dam Hydroelectric Project. “Under section 4.33(a)(3) of our regulations, the Commission cannot accept a preliminary permit application for project works that would develop, conserve, and utilize, in whole or in part, the same water resources that would be developed, conserved and utilized by a project for which there is an accepted development application,” said the June 17 letter. “Your preliminary permit application is therefore rejected.”

This application was made in order that the company could secure and maintain priority of licensing for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support an application for license. The preliminary permit would run for three years.

The project was to use the existing Robert C. Byrd Lock & Dam structure, located on the Ohio River, approximately nine miles south of Gallipolis in Mason and Gallia counties, West Virginia, and in Ohio. The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District. Four vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 4.25 MW each were to be installed in a new powerhouse for a total capacity of 17 MW.

A company contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 350 Lincoln Road, 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33139, (954) 248-8425, agonzalez@energyresources.es, www.energyresources.es.

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