FERC takes input on 10-MW Energy Resources hydro project in West Virginia

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a June 2 notice about a May 4 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit that would allow the company to study the feasibility of the 10-MW R.D. Bailey Dam Hydroelectric Project.

This project is to be located at the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ R.D. Bailey Dam on the Guyandotte River in Mingo and Wyoming counties, West Virginia. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: a new 90-foot-long by 45-foot-wide reinforced concrete powerhouse to be located downstream on the tailrace side of R.D. Bailey Dam; a new 12-foot by 9-foot by 250-foot-long concrete conduit connecting the existing outlet tunnel with the powerhouse; two 5-MW vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a total generating capacity of 10 MW; a new 120-foot-long by 80-foot-wide tailrace; a new 60-foot-long by 50-foot-wide substation with a 10-mega-volt-ampere 4.16/69-kilovolt (kV) three-phase step-up transformer; and a new 0.6-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The R.D. Bailey Project would have an estimated annual generation of 38.5 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Mr. Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 350 Lincoln Road, 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33139, telephone (954) 248-8425.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this June 2 notice.

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