Energy Resources gets permit for 3-MW Taylorsville hydro project in Kentucky

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.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.