On July 26, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a December 2015 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit allowing the company to study the feasibility of the Taylorsville Lake Dam Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Taylorsville Lake Dam on the Salt River in Spencer County, Kentucky.
The proposed project would consist of: a control structure with one spill gate, to be built at the end of the existing Corps outlet channel; one 8-foot-diameter, 120-foot-long penstock with a butterfly valve; a bifurcation structure; two 5.5-foot-diameter, 32-foot-long penstocks; a powerhouse containing two generating units with a total capacity of 3 MW; a 90-foot-long, 60-foot-wide tailrace; a substation; and a 2.5-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an estimated average annual generation of 9,500 megawatthours, and operate as directed by the Corps.
During the comment process on this application, the U.S. Interior Dept. and the Corps recommended that the applicant continue to consult with the Corps’ Louisville District, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, Division of Water, about the proposed project.
During the course of this three-year permit, the commission expects that the permittee will carry out prefiling consultation and study development leading to the possible development of a license application.